Kids Lesson: Jesus Was Arrested
Jesus Was Arrested – Matthew 26-27
Jesus knew God’s plan was for Him to die to rescue people from sin. Jesus’ friends left Him and He was arrested, but Jesus did not fight back. He wanted to do His Father’s plan no matter what.
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“He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross.” - Colossians 1:13
Bible Story - Jesus was Arrested
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Jesus and His disciples went to a garden to pray. Jesus told eight of His disciples to stay at the garden gate. Three of the disciples went into the garden with Jesus. He told them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Jesus was very sad. He fell facedown and prayed. “Father! If it is possible, do not let this happen. But I want to do Your plan.” Jesus went back to His disciples, but they were sleeping. “Couldn’t you stay awake with Me for one hour?” He asked Peter. Jesus left again to pray. He came back and His disciples were sleeping again. “Get up,” Jesus said. “It is almost time.” Jesus knew it was time for Him to do God’s plan to rescue people from sin. All of a sudden, another disciple—Judas—came into the garden. A large crowd was with him, and the people carried swords and clubs. Judas kissed Jesus so the crowd would know which man was Jesus. The people in the crowd grabbed Jesus to arrest Him. Peter pulled out his sword to fight the crowd, but Jesus told him to stop. Then Jesus said, “This is happening just like God said.” Jesus’ disciples all left, but Peter stood back to watch what was happening. The crowd led Jesus away to the high priest. The religious leaders wanted to find a reason to kill Jesus, but Jesus had done nothing wrong. The high priest asked Jesus, “Do You have anything to say? Are You the Messiah, God’s Son?” Jesus said, “Yes, that’s right.” The high priest and the religious leaders did not want to believe that Jesus was telling the truth, so they said He was lying. They said He deserved to die. As Peter watched, a servant came up to him. “Aren’t you one of Jesus’ friends?” he asked. But Peter said, “No! I’m not!” Two more times, people asked Peter if he was Jesus’ friend. Peter lied. “No!” he said. “I don’t even know Him!” The next morning, the religious leaders made a plan to kill Jesus and took Him away to Pilate, the governor.
Bible Story Summary
- Jesus prayed in a garden, knowing it was almost time for Him to die.
- Judas brought a crowd to arrest Jesus.
- Jesus was arrested though He did nothing wrong.
- Why was Jesus sad while He prayed?
- Why did Jesus not fight back when He was arrested?
- How would you feel if one of your friends said she didn’t even know you like Peter said about Jesus?
- Look online for names of believers who have been imprisoned for their faith. Pray for them as a family.
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Make Leaf Rubbings
Place paper, unwrapped crayons, magnifying glasses, and leaves on a table. Turn over the leaves and use a magnifying glass to show children the veining on the back. Lay a piece of paper over a facedown leaf. Invite a child to rub the side of a crayon over the paper to reveal the leaf underneath. Repeat with different leaves. Write the story point on each child's artwork
Say: Jesus went to a garden with His friends to pray. He knew that His disciples would leave Him and that Peter would even deny knowing Him. Jesus knew that it was time for Him to do God’s plan to rescue God’s people from sin. What did Jesus do to save us? Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead.
Elementary Discussion Questions
Help your kids find Matthew 26. Ask the following questions:
What did Jesus pray in the garden? (“Let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will,” Matt. 26:39)
Which disciple betrayed Jesus and how? (Judas, with a kiss; Matt. 26:47-49)
How did Jesus respond when the high priest told Jesus to say if He is the Messiah? (Jesus agreed, Matt. 26:64)
Why do you think Peter denied knowing Jesus? Guide kids to discuss the fear Peter surely felt. If the religious leaders had arrested Jesus, what would stop them from also arresting and punishing Jesus’ followers? Peter was focused on his own physical well-being and comfort, not on Jesus.
When might we feel tempted to pretend we don’t know Jesus? Guide kids to discuss the pressure the world will put on them to disobey God. Remind them that Satan is always working to convince people to worship things or people other than God. It may feel easier or more comfortable to ignore Jesus, but we are called to boldly preach the gospel to all.
What is something difficult or scary that God may ask you to do? Guide kids to think through situations they may face now or in the future. Remind them that no matter what situations we face, we always have hope for the future. Someday Jesus will return and destroy all evil, fixing the world for us to live with God forever
Jesus allowed His enemies to arrest Him. He knew that God’s plan would be painful, scary, sad, and very difficult. He obeyed anyway and went to the cross to take the punishment we deserve. He is our Savior.