At this point in the story, Jesus has been performing many miracles and telling everyone He’s God. This made a lot of people very angry, and they decided the best way to deal with this was to kill Him. Before this happened, Jesus warned Peter that he would deny even knowing Jesus, but Peter couldn’t believe this could be true! But sure enough, after Jesus is arrested, someone recognizes Peter as being a friend of Jesus, which Peter immediately denies. In fact, he denies it three times in a row! When he realizes what he’s done, Peter is devastated, and goes away and cries bitterly. Later Jesus is condemned to die on a cross—a slow and painful death. Even though He was fully God and could have saved Himself, He stayed on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. He gave up His life because of us, even though He had done nothing wrong!
This is a huge turning point in our week of stories. We’ve heard about how God was very pleased with creation, but then sin entered the picture and people were no longer obeying or walking in relationship with God. Then Jesus enters the picture, and we see that HE is the solution—the one who can save us from our sin! Finally today we have the culmination of all of this: Jesus dying on the cross FOR US! He loves us that much. The important thing to remember is that much like Peter, even when we disappoint Jesus, He gives up His life for us so that we can live forever with Him.
Passage: Luke 22:54-62, 23:13-25
Questions to Ask Your Camper:
- Why were people getting angry and plotting to kill Jesus?
- He claimed to be God!
- Who denied that they knew or were friends with Jesus?
- Why do you think Jesus, who is fully God, did not save Himself from the cross?
- So that He could pay for our sins, even though He did nothing wrong, because of His great love for us!
- If you had done nothing wrong, would you take the punishment for someone else? Why or why not?
Dig Deeper At Home:
Read Genesis 22:1-14. What does God ask Abraham to do? How does Abraham respond? How does God interrupt Abraham’s plans? What similarities do you see between this story and the one we read today?