Peter's Faith Adventure!
Where in the Bible? John 18 & 21, New Testament
When? Approximately 2,018 years ago
Peter’s Faith Adventure: Peter was one of the first disciples that Jesus called to follow him. Peter followed Jesus for three years and saw all of the amazing miracles that Jesus did to help people. There came a day when Peter turned his back on Jesus. How is this a story of faith? Read on to see!
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“Everyone brace yourself! This is going to be a rough landing!”
SATTAR’s time machine rocketed to the ground. It bounced three times before it finally stopped. A. J., Milo & SATTAR staggered out of the time machine.
“What happened SATTAR? This is our closest journey in time yet. I thought landings were supposed to get softer the closer to our time.” Milo was confused and shaken.
“A.J.,” SATTAR asked, “did you adjust the Time-Warp Regulator like I asked you to?”
A.J. hung his head down, focusing his eyes on the ground. “Well, no. I guess I forgot.”
“That was really important, A.J. I think the Vortex Stabilizer broke off in the landing as a result. It’s going to take extra time to fix.”
“I’m sorry SATTAR.” A.J. said.
“I forgive you, A.J. I need to recharge the Stellar Batteries before I start fixing. While we are waiting for them to re-charge we may as well go and watch Peter’s adventure in faith!”
The time-traveling trio traveled through the streets of Jerusalem under the cover of night.
“Where are we going?” Milo asked.
“It is a sad time,” SATTAR replied, “Jesus has been arrested. Peter is outside the High-Priest’s home where Jesus is being interrogated.”
A servant from the home asked Peter, “You aren’t one of Jesus’ disciples too, are you?”
“I am not,” he replied.
It was cold. Many people stood around a fire. They had made it to keep warm. Peter was also standing with them. He was warming himself.
The people at the fire asked Peter, “You aren’t one of Jesus’ disciples too, are you?”
Peter said, “I am not.”
“What is going on SATTAR? Why does Peter deny that he knows Jesus? Didn’t he draw his sword in the Garden when Jesus got arrested and cut off a man’s ear to defend Jesus? Now he says he doesn’t know him. I don’t get it.” Milo was puzzled.
One of the high priest’s slaves was a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off. He said to Peter, “Didn’t I see you with Jesus in the garden?” Again, Peter said no. At that exact moment a rooster began to crow.
Jesus himself had predicted that Peter would deny knowing him three times before a rooster would crow.
“How is this a story of Peter’s faith, SATTAR?” Milo was still puzzled.
“I think I know,” A.J. spoke up. “SATTAR, can we fast forward a few days?”
SATTAR pulled out his Short-Distance Hand-Held Time Accelerator. “You tell me where to stop.”
The three fast-forwarded to a time after Jesus had died on the cross, but came back to life again. Peter and some of the other disciples were out fishing on the sea when Jesus paid them a visit.
Jesus said to his disciples, “Come and have breakfast.”
When Jesus and the disciples had finished eating, Jesus spoke to Simon Peter. He asked,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these others do?”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered. “You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again, Jesus asked, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
Jesus spoke to him a third time. He asked, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter felt bad because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He answered, “Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. What I’m about to tell you is true. When you were younger, you dressed yourself. You went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands. Someone else will dress you. Someone else will lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to point out how Peter would die. His death would bring glory to God. Then Jesus said to him, “Follow me!”
“I think,” A.J. continued, “that Peter’s story is a story of faith because even though he did a terrible thing when he denied knowing Jesus, he felt bad about what he did and changed his mind. He came back to Jesus and committed to carry on the work of telling other’s the good news about Jesus.”
“Very good, A.J.” SATTAR encouraged him. “This is called repentance. It is when we turn away from sin and decide to do the right thing. That is what Peter did. This takes faith because we need to believe that God will forgive us when we repent.”
“Many people put their faith in Jesus because of Peter’s preaching.” A.J. said. “SATTAR, I am sorry I didn’t listen to you when you asked me to help with the time-machine. I am going to help you fix it now.”
“Thanks A.J. I think we learned a lot about faith on this trip, thanks to Peter!”