Kids Lesson: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection (Mt. 26
Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection (Mt. 26–28; John 20)
The most important thing that ever happened is that Jesus died and was raised from the dead. Jesus is alive! When we trust in Jesus, we have true joy. Jesus brings forgiveness and life with God forever.
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Bible Story - Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection
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Jesus had been arrested and taken to Pilate, the governor. Pilate’s soldiers put a purple robe around Jesus and made a crown of thorns and put it on Jesus’ head. They pretended to bow down to Him. Then they led Jesus away. Jesus was put on a cross. They put a sign above Jesus’ head that said: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Two criminals were put on crosses next to Jesus. Darkness covered the land. Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Jesus died and was buried in a tomb. A large stone was rolled in front of the tomb, and Pilate’s soldiers guarded the tomb so that no one would steal Jesus’ body. On the third day, two of Jesus’ friends, both named Mary, went to the tomb. They were very sad. Suddenly there was a big earthquake as an angel came down from heaven. The angel rolled away the stone and sat on it. The guards fainted. The angel spoke to the women, “Do not be afraid! Jesus is not here! He has risen from the dead, just as He said He would.” The women were so happy! Jesus was alive! They left the tomb to tell Jesus’ friends the good news. Just then, Jesus greeted them. The women worshiped Him. Jesus said, “Do not be afraid. Tell My friends to go to Galilee. I will meet them there.”
Christ Connection: The most important thing that ever happened is that Jesus died and was raised from the dead. Jesus is alive! When we trust in Jesus, we have true joy. Jesus brings forgiveness and life with God forever.
Bible Story Summary
Jesus died on a cross and was buried in a tomb.
On the third day, the tomb was open and an angel told Jesus’ two friends, both named Mary, that Jesus was alive.
Jesus appeared to the two Marys.
When we trust in Jesus, we have true joy.
How can we be saved from sin?
Why is Jesus’ death and resurrection the most important thing that ever happened?
Why does following Jesus give a person true joy?
- Play out the story of Jesus’ resurrection as a family. Talk about the joy the women must have felt when they saw Jesus.
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Make a Resurrection Garden
Work together to fill a large, shallow dish or plant saucer with potting soil. Place a cup on its side near the center, and place a flat rock upright just beside the opening. Scoop more soil on top of and around the sides and back of the cup to form a hill. Place smaller rocks in front of the cup’s opening like a pathway. Add moss and any other small plants desired in the soil. Tie twine around a couple sticks to make a cross. Stick it in the hill behind the tomb. Make two more crosses, if desired. If weather permits and you have access to a natural area, allow preschoolers to gather the rocks, dirt, sticks, and moss or other small plants.
Say: You made a beautiful garden! Normally tombs are sad places. But this one makes me happy because it reminds me that Jesus is alive! When we trust in Jesus, we have true joy. The most important thing that ever happened is that Jesus died on the cross and is alive. Jesus brings forgiveness and life with God forever.
Elementary Discussion Questions
Help your kids find Matthew 27. Ask the following questions:
What did Jesus pray in the garden? (He asked God for another way to save people, but agreed to obey God’s plan; Matt. 26:39)
How did Jesus die? (He was crucified—hung on a cross; Matt. 27:33-50)
What did the women and on the third day? (an empty tomb and an angel who said Jesus rose, Matt. 28:5-6)
Why is it important that Jesus really died? Guide kids to understand that God demands a sacrifice for sin. Because we are sinners, we deserve death. If there were no sacrifice, God would not be perfectly just. Jesus had to die for us to be forgiven. (See Heb. 9:22; Rom. 6:23; and 2 Cor. 5:21.)
Why is it important that Jesus rose to life? Help kids see that Jesus’ rising again was proof that His sacrifice was enough. He rose again to prove that sin and death were totally defeated. We have victory in Christ. (See 1 Cor. 15:12-22.)
How does Jesus’ resurrection give us joy? Help the kids think through the hope we have for the future. Remind them that because of Jesus’ resurrection, there is no suffering we can face that could ever take away our salvation. The worst that could happen to us in life is still outweighed by the wonderful nature of God’s mercy and grace toward us.
Close with this: Jesus’ resurrection gives true joy to believers. When we have faith in Jesus, we are credited with His righteousness and all our sins are forgiven. We can then walk in victory over sin, knowing that we will spend eternity with God.
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