A long night had begun. Jesus was arrested and taken away. He was taken from place to place, questioned, mocked, rejected and finally sentenced to die. It was all very frightening. Most of Jesus’ friends ran away, but his best friend Peter decided to stay close. Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him earlier. “Before the cock crows at dawn you will have said you do not know me three times”. Imagine you are in the crowd watching at the courtyard.
Judas arrived with a band of men. He stepped forward and kissed Jesus – a sign for the men to arrest him. The armed men took Jesus away, Peter followed at a distance.
Jesus was taken to a high priest’s home and put on trial. Peter joined the servants in the courtyard there. The courtyard was full of people. There were soldiers and servants, dogs and children. In the firelight one of the women recognised Peter.
“Hey, you!” she shouted to him. “You know Jesus don’t you?”
“No” said Peter. Later, someone else recognised him and then another. Both times peter denied knowing Jesus. At that moment the cock crowed. Peter remembered Jesus’ words and pushed his way out of the courtyard. It was the most terrible moment of his whole life.
Why do you think Peter said he didn’t know Jesus?
Why do you think this was the most terrible moment of Peter’s life?
If we tell God the things we have done wrong, God can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away. (1 John 1:19)
God says, “Turn back to me! I have rescued you and swept away your sins as though they were the morning mist” (Isaiah 44)
“God willingly forgives and God’s love is always there” (Psalm 86:5)
We all make wrong choices, say hurtful things and do unkind things. Can you remember a time when you said something unkind to someone?
Write it down on a piece of paper and hold it in your hand. Think about the words that tell us that God forgives us for everything. Scrunch up the paper in your hand and throw it in the bin.
We are sorry for doing wrong things. Please forgive us. Help us to forgive those who are unkind to us. Amen.
Create a piece of artwork or write a poem to show that Jesus teaches us to forgive.