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Even when we really mess up, Jesus gives us a second chance.
In today’s lesson, we’re going to learn about Peter and a big mistake he made. Peter was one of Jesus’ first disciples. He spent a lot of time traveling with Jesus. He watched him perform miracles and heard him teach amazing lessons to huge crowds of people. Jesus was one of Peter’s best friends. But, Peter made a mistake and turned against Jesus. When Jesus was arrested by some mean Jewish leaders, Peter followed to where they took Jesus to find out what was happening. Some people saw Peter hanging around and asked him if he was one of Jesus’ disciples. You would think Peter was proud to say, “Yes, he’s my best friend!” But instead, Peter said he didn’t even know Jesus! You might be wondering why Peter would deny knowing his best friend, well the reason is, he was scared. The Jewish leaders wanted to kill Jesus. They hated him and Peter was afraid that they would kill him, too. But, the story doesn’t end here. When Jesus rose from the dead, he visited Peter and told him he forgave him for his mistake and gave him a second chance. Peter went on to be one of the key leaders in the early church.