Changing the Mess into a Message!

John 21. 15-19

Jesus changed the Mess into a message!

A message of hope, of forgiveness and love.

Peter made a mess, he denied that he had anything to do with Jesus. That they weren’t friends. He
Change Mess into Messy
betrayed his friend and yet Jesus wasn’t angry with him. In fact the complete opposite, Peter was sorry, he wept when the cock crowed – he knew that he had reacted just like Jesus has said. He knew he had let Jesus down with his action and words. Yet Jesus didn’t shout at Peter for letting him down, he came to him with gentleness.. I imagine the words were said softly:

“Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

Peter didn’t even question his statement about feeding Jesus’ lambs.

Maybe he didn’t have time to, before Jesus asked again.

By the third time Jesus asked Peter, he was feeling a little hurt.

But what Peter didn’t get was that it was like Jesus was cancelling out his denial. For it was three times he denied Jesus and Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him and three times he told Peter to feed his lambs. Jesus turned the mess of denial into a message of feeding Jesus’ lambs.

But Jesus didn’t mean physical food, he meant spiritual food.

And the lambs Jesus was talking about wasn't the lambs that live in the field but the people who were lost, those who needed help or healing. Those who needed bringing back to God. He was telling Peter that he had an important job to do. He had to build the church, to carry on the work that Jesus had begun with the disciples.

That message applies to us today. We mighty get ourselves into a mess at times just like Peter, but just like Peter God still wants to use us. He has a message for us just like he had for Peter to feed his lambs.

That means reaching out to those who don’t know God. To those who need our help, our support and our love.

Why not use this Sunday as a bring a friend to Sunday School (or whatever you call it) Have a fun morning of messy games.

The idea is - within the mess is a message.

Why not put a message into a Jelly and put the children in two teams they nominate one person to retrieve the message – the only thing is; they are not allowed to use their hands.

(I suggest you put a sheet of plastic on the floor.)

The first one to retrieve the message wins.

Or perhaps have a small paddling pool filled with cooked spaghetti water, shaving foam etc..
Paddling Pool filled with cooked spaghetti
anything disgusting, put letters in it and the children have to find the letter to make a message.

You could do the same thing with a bowl of baked beans.

Have lots of fun! 
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About Michelle Bailey

Reverend Michelle Bailey is the Rural Officer for the Bishop of Brecon and Swansea  She previously worked in Children's Ministry and was ordained in the Church of England. Her blog includes ideas on presenting concepts of faith to young children to the age of eleven and furthering faith development in an educational context. Michelle currently lives in Wales and is also developing a rural ministry blog.
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