The Last Supper:
Jesus and his disciples were sitting together eating the Passover supper
when He said to them, "One of you will betray Me." All the
disciples were very sad and each one asked, "Is it I, Lord?" When
Judas Iscariot asked, Jesus replied, "Yes, it is you", for Judas was
planning to betray Jesus, and had already been given thirty pieces of
silver to do so.
After dinner that evening, Jesus went into a garden to pray with His
disciples, because He knew that He was soon going to die. While
He was praying, Judas came up to Him leading a crowd of men.
Judas kissed Jesus so they would know whom to arrest.
And what of Jesus' disciples? Although they loved Jesus, all those
disciples were scared and ran away in fear! Would you have run
away? (Let the children respond).
Jesus is Tried:
Jesus was taken before the high priests and was accused of calling Himself
the Son of God. When morning came, all the chief priests and
elders voted to put Jesus to death, and took him before Pontius Pilate,
the Roman governor. But although Pontius Pilate questioned Him,
Jesus would not defend Himself.
Pilate wanted to set Jesus free, but he eventually gave in to the crowd's
wishes and sentenced Jesus to be crucified. The soldiers led
Jesus away and mocked Him as the "King of the Jews", and pressed a crown
of thorns on His head.
On the Cross:
Later as they were going to a place called Golgotha, the soldiers came upon
a man named Simon of Cyrene, and made him carry Jesus' cross. And
when they came to the place, the Roman Soldiers nailed Jesus to a wooden
cross, and then gambled for His clothes as they kept watch.
It was a funny day, because it became dark as night-time even though it
was early afternoon! After many hours of suffering on the cross,
Jesus cried out, "My God, my God, why have You left me?" and then died.
At that moment, an earthquake shook the earth and the soldiers
exclaimed, "Truly, this was the Son of God!"
Jesus is Buried:
That evening, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, received
permission from Pontius Pilate to take Jesus' body down from the cross.
Joseph wrapped the body of Jesus in clean linen and laid it in his
own new tomb, which had been cut out of the rock. He then rolled a
great stone over the door of the tomb and went home.
The next day the chief priests went with some Roman soldiers to seal the
stone covering the entrance to the tomb. They also left a guard by
the tomb , so that no one could remove Jesus' body. .
On the third day, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James and Joseph,
went to see the tomb. And there was another great earthquake, for
an angel of the Lord had rolled back the stone. The angel said to
the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was
crucified. He is not here, for He has risen as He said.
Come and see where He lay, and then go quickly and tell His disciples
that He has risen from the dead. He is going before you to Galilee
and there you will see Him."
With joy the two women ran quickly to tell the disciples. As they were
going, Jesus met them on the way. They knelt at His feet and
worshipped Him, before going to where the other disciples were gathered.
Later, Jesus told the disciples to go out and make disciples (followers),
and teach them to obey all that He had commanded them. Jesus said to
them, "I am with you always" and then rose up into Heaven and disappeared
from their sight.
Children of God:
We cannot see Jesus, but if you love Him, He is with you wherever you go.
Jesus is the Son of God and loves us all very dearly, and died to
take the punishment for all the wrong things we have done.
If you ask Him, He will forgive you, and come and live in your heart as
your Saviour and Best Friend. And this means that you will go to
Heaven when you die, and live with Jesus for ever and ever!