Jesus is Arrested & Crucified
Matthew 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23; and John 18-19
Judas went to the leaders. He asked, “How much will you pay me if I help you capture Jesus?” They said, “Thirty pieces of silver.” So Judas took the money and made a plan.
Jesus had gone to his favorite garden to pray. The disciples went along. Jesus prayed, “Father, if it is your will, I am ready to give my life so that all the people who trust in me will be saved from their sins.”
Soon, Judas arrived with some soldiers. Peter wanted to protect Jesus. But Jesus said, “No. I must allow this to happen.” All the disciples ran away, and the soldiers arrested Jesus.
They took Jesus to the leaders. The leaders said, “You say that you are the Son of God. We do not believe you.”
The soldiers took charge of Jesus. They made him carry a big wooden cross. They took him to a place called The Skull (Golgotha). There they nailed Jesus to the cross.
Jesus died on the cross.
Everyone who loved Jesus was very sad. But they forgot something important.
Jesus Is Alive!
Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-10; Luke 24:1-11; and John 20:1-18
After Jesus died, some of his friends laid his body in a big tomb. They sealed it shut with a large round stone. Soldiers guarded the tomb.
Three days later, the earth shook. An angel of the Lord came down from heaven and pushed the stone away from the tomb. Then the angel sat on the stone.
When the soldiers saw the angel, they fell to the ground.
Mary was walking to the tomb with some of her friends. They saw the angel, who said, “Do not be afraid. Jesus is not here. He has risen!”
“Go and tell Peter and the other disciples that Jesus is alive!”
On their way, the women saw Jesus. They fell to their knees and worshiped him. Jesus smiled and said, “Go tell the others that I will see them in Galilee.” So Mary ran to tell the disciples.
- Why did the soldiers nail Jesus to the cross? Because he said he was the Son of God and the leaders didn’t believe him.
- For how many days was Jesus inside the tomb? Three days.
- What did the soldiers do when they saw the angel of the Lord ? They fell to the ground.
- When did the women see Jesus? When they were on the way to tell the disciples that Jesus was alive.
Thank you for the story of Jesus dying on the cross and then being resurrected! Thank you for teaching us that we can always trust in you.
Bible Verse for March
“Be kind and loving to each other.” Ephesians 4:32
Activity: Holy Week Activities
Thursday — Read aloud Matthew 26:14-16. You'll need 30 dimes. Tell your child that Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver (which was about 120 days wages). Let your child count the dimes and hold them in his hand.
Ask: Was Jesus' life on earth worth more than 30 pieces of silver? Why or why not? What is the true value of Jesus' life to our family?
Friday — Read aloud Mark 15:42-47. Take turns wrapping each other in toilet paper so you look as Jesus might have looked when prepared for burial. Talk about how the disciples might have felt when all their hopes seemed destroyed when Jesus died.
Ask: How would you have felt if you had been there when Jesus died? What would you have done? Talk about how the burial isn't the end of the story, but that it was a very sad day for Jesus' friends.
Sunday — Read aloud Luke 24:1-9. You'll need cupcakes and a trick re-lighting candle. Light it and talk about how Jesus came to be the light of the world.
On Saturday, it looked like the light had been blown out. Blow out the candle and wait in silence while the flame is gone. When the flame comes back, celebrate!
Point out that nothing can ever snuff out Jesus, the light of the world.
Cooking: Empty Tombs
- A package of crescent roll dough
- One large marshmallow for each roll (for example, if there are 8 crescent rolls in the package, you’ll need 8 large marshmallows)
- Melted butter, cooled
- 1 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon (stir together in one bowl)
Guide Your Child To:
- Wrap a crescent roll triangle around a marshmallow, making sure none of the marshmallow can be seen.
- Dip the roll in melted butter, then the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Place it on a cookie sheet.
- Repeat until all the rolls & marshmallows have been used.
- Bake the rolls according to the instructions on the roll package.
- When the rolls have cooled, they are ready to serve. NOTE to parents: The marshmallow “disappears” and leaves an empty, sweet surprise.
- What do you see inside your roll?
- How do you think the women felt when they found the tomb empty?
- Remember that even as these rolls are empty, Jesus’ tomb was empty, too, because he rose from the dead.