This five-week video series leading up to Easter will look at stories of Jesus through the lens of Peter. Kids will learn about what it means to be a disciple, and how they can follow Jesus.
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Watch the video from Week 3: Washing Feet, John 13:1-20
ASK YOUR KID
How can we serve others like Jesus?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: John 13:1-20
Most of us have probably heard the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. It is often told as a story of an incredible demonstration of servant leadership. And it is that. But Peter’s interaction with Jesus reveals that it is more than that, too.
When Jesus approached Peter to wash his feet, Peter resisted. And in response Jesus told him, “You do not understand now what I am doing, but afterward you will understand,” John 13:6. Jesus knew that Peter was going to deny him three times in just a few short hours. He knew that the next morning, Peter would need to call to mind this very moment, when Jesus took hold of the messiest part of him and washed him clean.
This story isn’t about dirty feet anymore. It’s about our dirty, broken souls. Jesus was not, and is not, afraid to take hold of them and make them clean. He went to the cross for this very reason. The obscure act of washing gross feet in the middle of dinner with friends would make the most sense to Peter as he was experiencing his greatest shame. We need to call this story to mind as we battle our own shame. Jesus knows that shame threatens to crush us and causes us to hide. We need to be reminded that he was not afraid of us in our worst moments. Instead, in grace greater than we can even understand, he enters into our worst moments with us and transforms us into something new and clean instead.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved,” Ephesians 2:4-5.
How have you seen Jesus grab hold of the messiest parts of your life and wash them clean? How does this story deepen your understanding of grace?
“You are the children that God dearly loves. So follow his example,” Ephesians 5:1.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our Elementary curriculum is written for 1st through 5th graders. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is our Creator, his son Jesus is our Savior, and he is loving, healing, miraculous, and personal. Kids learn about baptism, how to pray, how they can be more like Jesus, and how they can help others. In a large group format, elementary kids sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope elementary kids learn through interactive content, and begin to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how to follow him.