We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.
Background: Jesus is delivered to Pilate. Pilate asks him questions and then brings him before the crowd. Pilate demands the crowd to choose between Jesus and Barabbus. The crowd chooses Barabbus. The crowd also decides that Jesus should be crucified. Romans soldiers take Jesus, strip him of his clothes and they mock him. Jesus is beaten, spit at, and punched. Jesus is crucified between two criminals. After hours of excruciating pain for Jesus he breathed his last breath. At that time there was a massive earthquake and the sky went black. Jesus was then buried. A large stone and guards were put there to make sure no one took Jesus’ body.
Opening/Ice Breaker: Have you ever been sad? Does seeing sad things make you sad? Does thinking about Jesus dying on a cross make you sad?
Read Matthew 27:11-66
- Who was Jesus delivered to?
- Who did the crowd choose to release instead of Jesus?
- Who was Jesus crucified between?
- What was placed in front of Jesus’ tomb?
Prayer: Lord we thank you for sending your son Jesus to earth to die on a cross for our sins. We know that it makes us sad to think about Jesus dying. We pray that we can find joy in the crucifixion and the love it showed. Amen.
REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.
Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus die on the cross? Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins and came back to life to show we are forgiven.
Memory Verse: It is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 26 - Session 1