Seven Messages For Good Friday Or Lent Based Upon Mark's Passion Of Jesus
This is the last scene in which Peter is involved. As often happens throughout the gospel of Mark Peter is the representative disciple. He represents the other 10, maybe the whole 12. Until this time the other disciples were as much to blame as he was in their betrayals of Jesus. He had taken an oath, voluntarily, to stay with Jesus until death, if necessary. The others had said the same thing. The betrayal, when it came in the orchard, involved all of the disciples. "They all forsook him and fled."
I am so happy to see you this morning. How are you? (children may respond)
Let's play a game I call “Lost and Found.” Okay? (children respond)
(presenter role plays) Uh, oh, I lost something for today's message. Hmm, I wonder where it could be. It's a box like this. (shows approximate dimensions) (instruct the children to look around the immediate area) (then presenter or child finds it)
Since the Fourth Sunday in Lent has been historically identified as Laetare (Rejoicing Sunday), it is most appropriate that the lessons collectively testify to a theme for which we can rejoice — God saves us by his grace!
In this familiar and well-loved story of the Prodigal Son, I often wonder what happened to the mother of the family. She's totally ignored. So are any daughters. It seems like a completely male stronghold. So much so that I wonder whether perhaps the mother had died some years previously, and that was the cause of much of the unhappiness displayed by both the father and the sons. Or whether the father was such a domineering character that his wife played no real part in family life, but simply bowed her head in compliance with all his wishes, no matter how extreme they were.