Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection
Matthew 26:36-28:10; John 18:1-20:18
“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
This week we pick up just a few days after the triumphal entry when the same crowd that chanted “hosanna” to Jesus now chanted “crucify Him.” Jesus was betrayed by Judas, arrested, condemned, and crucified. After He died, Jesus was placed in a tomb, but on the third day, He rose again conquering death and providing life to those who believe.
The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. We are forgiven only through Jesus. (Acts 4:12)
Help your children understand the gospel. Spend some time explaining our sin and our need for forgiveness that only comes through trusting in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
KEY PASSAGE: Luke 24:6
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from sin.
BIBLE STORY: JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION
- Judas brought a crowd to arrest Jesus as He was praying.
- The high priest said Jesus should die because Jesus lied against God, but Jesus never sinned.
- Jesus was crucified on a cross and was placed in a tomb.
- On the third day, God raised Jesus from the dead.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Look at last week’s story in your Bible. How did the people treat Jesus differently in this story?
- How does Jesus’ death help us?
- Play the role of detectives and make a case for the resurrection. Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-8.
- Go further: Ask your church leaders if there is a family who visited on Easter Sunday that you can invite to lunch after church next week.
NEXT WEEK “The Promised Land and Jericho” (Joshua 2–4; 6)