To follow in the footsteps of Jesus, especially in difficult times.
Print off some dot to dot pictures and get the children to follow the dots.
This will help the children think about following.
- Author: Peter
- Type: Letter
- Written: AD 64
- No. Chapters: 5
- N.T. Book No.: 21
Read 1 Peter 2 v 21 in the NIV about following in the footsteps of Jesus.
Ask when it means to follow in someone’s footsteps.
It means that you are able to walk in the same places.
It means there is clear direction.
In the case of difficult ground, the way is made easier.
However, let us read the verse with the other verses from 1 Peter 2 v 18-25.
Peter is advising slaves who are being mistreated how to behave.
Does anyone know what it meant to be a slave? To be owned by another person and having to do what they say.
What if the owner isn’t kind and is hurtful.
It has hard to bear.
Peter points them to Jesus, how He suffered for us even though he had done nothing wrong.
There are times in our lives when we suffer even though we did nothing wrong to deserve it.
In those times, how should we react?
People of the world react badly. We are encouraged to trust God in that situation.
There are other times when Jesus asks people to follow him such as in Matthew 4:19, so that we might be used of God.
But there are certain times when going through hard times that we need to follow very closely.
Look at Hebrews 12 v 1-5.
Here we are asked to follow Jesus to help us in difficult times.
Have a roll of paper with large footsteps on it.
Get some children to stand on wet paint in welly boots and make footsteps next to the big steps.
Warning: This can get messy. Reduce mess by spreading out newspaper.
Write the verse 1 Peter 2 v 21 with ‘Follow in Christ’s footsteps, especially in difficult times’.