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Kids Lesson: Jesus Was Crucified

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Jesus Was Crucified – Matthew 26–27; John 18–19

We deserve to die because of our sin, but God loves us and kept His promise to send a Rescuer. Jesus never did anything wrong, but He died in our place. On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and gives us life forever with Him.

Songs

Philippians 2 8

Nobody Like Him

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Key Passage

“He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross.” - Colossians 1:13

Bible Story - Jesus was Crucified

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Bible Story

Jesus had been arrested and taken to Pilate, the governor. “Are You the King of the Jews?” Pilate asked. “Yes,” Jesus said. Then the religious leaders lied and said that Jesus had done wrong things, but Jesus never did anything wrong. Pilate thought Jesus would say something about the religious leaders’ lies, but Jesus was quiet. Every year at Passover, Pilate would let the people choose a prisoner to set free. One of the prisoners had done very bad things. His name was Barabbas (buh RAB uhs). So Pilate asked the crowd, “Who do you want me to set free? Barabbas or Jesus?” The crowd shouted, “Barabbas!” Pilate asked, “What should I do with Jesus?” “Kill Him on a cross!” they said. “Crucify Him!” Pilate’s soldiers took Jesus away. They made fun of Him because He said He was a King. The soldiers put a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head and a purple robe on His back. 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 crucified next to Jesus. The day turned dark. In the afternoon, Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You left Me all alone?” Then Jesus shouted and said, “It is finished!” 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 could steal Jesus’ body.

Bible Story Summary

  • Jesus had been arrested and taken to Pilate, the governor.
  • Pilate asked the crowd what to do with Jesus, and they said, “Crucify Him!”
  • Jesus died on the cross for our sin.

Discussion Starters

  • Why didn’t Jesus say anything when the religious leaders told lies
    about Him?
  • Why do you think Jesus shouted, “It is finished!” when He died?
  • Did Jesus deserve to die? Who deserves to be punished for sin? Why will God forgive our sin?

Family Activity


Additional Resources

Coloring/Activity Pages

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Preschool Activity

Make Crosses

  • Find some materials like popsicle sticks, construction paper, tissue paper, and glue. Guide children to draw pictures of crosses on construction paper and then use the materials to make a cross.

  • Say: When we look at these crosses, we can remember how God loves us and kept His promise to send a Rescuer, His very own Son. Jesus never did anything
    wrong, but He died in our place. Jesus died on the cross for our sin. On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and gives us life forever with him.

Elementary Discussion Questions

Help your kids find John 19. Ask the following questions:

  • How many men were crucified with Jesus? (two, John 19:18)

  • What did the sign over Jesus’ cross say? (Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews; John 19:19)

  • What did Jesus say right before He died? (“It is finished,” John 19:30)

  • What do you think Jesus meant when He said it is finished? Guide kids to think through the various layers of meaning. Jesus’ death provided the payment for sin, ending its power over people. His death was also the completion of the most difficult part of His mission on earth. Discuss the importance of Jesus’ death in purchasing our salvation.

  • Why did Jesus have to die? Help kids process the depth and weight of sin. Remind kids that God created us to love and worship Him by enjoying Him. Explain
    that sin is rebellion against our Creator and King. The fair payment of sin is death, and the only way for us to escape that death was for Jesus to take the penalty for us.

  • How do you feel when you think about Jesus’ crucifixion? Remind kids that Jesus’ crucifixion is both wonderful and terrible. For a perfectly righteous man to die instead of us is a great tragedy. However, God used that tragedy in a beautiful way, to provide life and hope for all who trust in Jesus. Only God can work wonderful things from terrible situations.

  • Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins. We could never do anything to earn such a gift, and God gives salvation freely to all who believe in Jesus. Thankfully, Jesus did not stay dead either! He rose!