The Crucifixion

Scripture: Matthew 27, Luke 23, John 19 or pages 450 – 455 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Matthew 27, Luke 23, and John 19 or pages 450 – 455 in The Golden Children’s Bible.  I have written pieces of each chapter to put the story in order as it is written in The Golden Children’s Bible.  This is a long story, so stop along the way to ask questions that highlight the events.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

The Golden Children’s Bible p. 450 – 455

Matthew 27: 27 – 31

Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.  They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.  They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

  • What did the soldiers dress Jesus in? a scarlet robe and a crown of thorns.
  • What did they put in his right hand? a staff
  • What did they say to him? “Hail, king of the Jews!”
  • Then what did they do to him?  They spit on him and hit him in the head with the staff many times.
  • Can you imagine how Jesus must have felt?

Luke 23 : 26 – 34

As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.  A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.  Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.  For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’  Then“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.  When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.  Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

  • What did the soldiers make Simon from Cyrene do?  carry Jesus’ cross for him
  • When he was crucified, what did Jesus say? “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

John 19: 23 – 27

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

“Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,

“They divided my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.”

So this is what the soldiers did.

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

  • What prophecy was fulfilled?  That the soldiers would cast lots for his garment.
  • What does it mean to cast lots?  It would have been a game to win his garment – like tossing a coin, or drawing straws.
  •   What did Jesus say to his mother?  “Woman, here is your son”
  • What did he mean by that?  John was to take her into his house and take care of her as his mother.

Matthew 27: 39- 49

Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”  In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.  “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.  He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”  In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.  About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink.  The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

  • What happened from noon until three in the afternoon?  It got dark
  • At three, what did Jesus say?   “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
  • What drink did the soldier offer Jesus?  Vinegar
  • Have you ever tasted vinegar?  It’s pretty bad isn’t it. That would have been a terrible drink.

Luke 23 : 38 – 49

There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

  Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

  It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (And after this he said, “It is finished.”) When he had said this, he breathed his last.

  The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”  When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.  But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

  • What did the sign above Jesus say? THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS
  • How did the criminal insult Jesus? “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
  • The other criminal defended Jesus saying that he was being crucified even though he was innocent.  He then said to Jesus, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  How did Jesus answer him? “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
  •   What happened to the curtain in the temple?  It was torn in two.
  • Does anybody know why the curtain was torn in two?  Because we can pray directly to God through Jesus now instead of going through the priest.
  •   What did the centurion say when Jesus died? “Surely this was a righteous man.”
  • If Jesus didn’t sin, why did He die on the cross?  (Remind the children of the story of the passover lamb that had to be perfect.  To pay for our sins, Jesus had to be perfect, too.)
  •   How do you think that you would have reacted if you had been there an watched this happen? 

John 19: 31 – 34

     Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.  The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.  But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.  Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.

  • Why did the soldier pierce Jesus side with a spear?  To make sure that he was dead

Matthew 27: 57 – 66

  As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.  Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.  Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,  and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.  Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

  The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate.  “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’  So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

  “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.”  So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

  •   Who’s tomb was Jesus buried in? Joseph of Arimathea
  •   Why did the priests and Pharisees ask Pilate to seal the tomb?  Jesus had promised that he would rise in 3 days, so they didn’t want the disciples to steal the body to make it look like he had risen from the dead.
  • How did they secure the tomb?  They sealed it and posted a guard.
  • Let’s pray and thank Jesus for dying on the cross for us…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

1 Peter 3:18a   “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”

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Share  the object lesson “Paid in Full” from Sermons4kids

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Have the children make the “Colors of Christ” cross necklace.

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Make cross Stained Glass Window Sun Catchers from Crafting the Word of God.

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Read the story “Finished” by Keys for Kids.

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Share the clip of this story from “The Jesus Film”   or “The Story of Jesus for Children”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.

Color page #1

color page #2 (scroll down)

color page #3

color page #4

color page #5

Color page #6 from What’s in the Bible?

There are several color pages here.

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Have the children fill in this forgiveness worksheet , or this sign on the cross worksheet from Bible Wise.

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Sing “He Made Him”, “All We Like Sheep” or “Wages” by Mary Rice Hopkins.

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Serve cross shaped sugar cookies for snack time.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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The Crucifixion Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Jesus death on the cross from Matthew 27, Luke 23, and John 19 .   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

1 Peter 3:18a   “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”

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Watch the movie “The Story of Jesus for Children” with your child.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Story-Jesus-ChildrenAtlantic/dp/B0007U1Y94/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1332824952&sr=1-1

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Make one of these cross crafts with your child.  http://catholicicing.com/2010/09/cross-crafts-for-kids/

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Bake hot crossed buns with your child.  Talk about what Jesus did for us on the cross while baking them.  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/traditional-hot-cross-buns/

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson. http://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/the-crucifixion/

Agony in Gethsemane

Scripture: Matthew 26: 30 – 75 or pages 445 – 447 in the Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Matthew 26 or page 445 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Jesus told the disciples that they would fall away from him.  Who told Jesus that he would never deny him? Peter
  • How did Jesus answer him?  “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”
  • Where did Jesus and the disciples go?  To the Garden of Gethsemane
  • What did Jesus do there?  Prayed
  • What did Jesus pray?  “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
  • What do you think the “cup” was?  His death on the cross
  • Jesus was in such agony that He sweat what? drops of blood
  • Jesus didn’t want to have to die on the cross, did he.  But, he was willing to do that if it was God’s will.  When you pray do you expect that God always let you have your way, or do you accept a “No.” answer?
  • When you are facing a tough situation or decision, do you go to God in prayer?
  • When Jesus returned to the disciples, what did he find?  They had fallen asleep
  • How many times did He go to pray and return to find them sleeping? 3 times.
  • How do you think Jesus felt about that? upset, hurt, lonely, etc.
  • When you are going through a difficult time are you glad when other people are praying for you?  
  • Do you think that it is important for you to pray for others?
  • Who came with a crowd of people to arrest Jesus? Judas
  • How did Judas signal to the people who Jesus was?  He kissed him.
  • What did one of the disciples do as he tried to defend Jesus? He cut off a man’s ear
  • How did Jesus respond to that?  “Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.  Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?  But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
  • All of the disciples ran away except, which one?  Peter
  • What did Peter do?  He followed them to the courtyard of the High Priest to see what would happen.
  • What did the religious leaders accuse Jesus of? blasphemy, claiming to be God
  • What was the punishment to be?  death
  • How many times did Peter deny Jesus? 3
  • What made Peter realize that he had denied Him? the rooster crowed 3 times
  • How do you know that Peter was sorry that he had done that? He went out and wept bitterly
  • Let’s pray and thank Jesus for doing the Father’s will and dying on the cross for us…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Matthew 26:41  “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.” 

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My Little House has a cute craft for this lesson.

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Have the children make this Agony in the Garden Diorama.  Here is another 3D craft that is similar.

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Have the children do this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

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Focus on prayer with this Prayer Labyrinth. It’s helpful to view the original idea.

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Try this praying hands craft.

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Share a video clip of this story from The Jesus Film.

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.

Color page #1 from Bible Printables

Color page #2 from Bible Printables

Color page #3 from My Little House

Color page #4 and #5 from What’s In The Bible?  (Jesus Prays in the Garden and Jesus is Betrayed by Judas color pages)

Color page #6 from Bible Wise. (Color by Number)

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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This is adorable!

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Here is another great lesson from Mission Bible Class.

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This lesson from Free Sunday School Curriculum has a color page, worksheet and craft idea. (Scroll down to the lesson “Jesus Prays in the Garden”.

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Here is a Peter’s denial puzzle from Bible Wise.

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There are more activity ideas here.

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Sing “He Made Him” or “John’s Song” or “Wages” by Mary Rice Hopkins from the Workmanship album.

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Older kids will like the song “Opposite Way” by Leland. (Find it on i-tunes.) Have them listen to the song, then discuss what the words mean.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Agony in Gethsemane Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Jesus’ agony in the Garden of Gethsemane from Matthew 26: 30 – 75.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Matthew 26:41  “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.” 

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Read the story “The Home Run That Wasn’t” from Keys for Kids. http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=1283  

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Have your child help Jesus find the garden with this maze puzzle from Calvary Kids. http://www.calvarywilliamsport.com/mz45.htm

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  http://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/agony-in-gethsemane/

The Last Supper

Scripture:  Luke 22: 7 – 20 and John 13: 3 – 30 or pages 440 – 443 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Luke 22: 7 – 20 and John 13: 3 – 30 or pages 440 – 443 in The Golden Children’s Bible

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

 Introduction:

Have you ever painted a picture of an event before the event happened?  Do you think that anybody can paint a picture of an event before it happened?  It would be hard to paint a picture if you didn’t know what was going to happen yet, wouldn’t it.  But, God knows what will happen, doesn’t He.  He filled the Old Testament full of pictures that He has painted of who? That’s right, Jesus.  The Old Testament always points us to Jesus by showing us who He would be and what He would be like.  

Well, do you remember the story of Moses and the Israelites on the night when they were to paint their doorposts with the blood of a perfect lamb?  Do you remember why they had to do that?   Because the angel of death would come that night and kill all of the first-born boys unless they had the blood on their doorposts.  So, the Israelites were saved by the blood of the lamb.  Every year after that they would remember how God saved them by celebrating the Passover meal.  

That story was a picture of who?  That’s right. It was to show us what Jesus would do.  He is the Lamb of God, isn’t He.  And He would die on the cross and shed his blood to save us from our sins.  

But, the disciples didn’t understand that yet.  Jesus had to show them that He himself was the Passover Lamb.  So, when they all sat down to the Passover meal He said, “This is my body” and “This is my blood.”  And He told them that from that day forward when they celebrated the Passover they were to do it to remember him.  

Let’s read the story….

Luke 22: 7 – 20

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.  Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.

He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters,  and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”

They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”  When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.  And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you.  For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

John 13: 3 – 30

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”  For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.  “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

“I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned against me.’…

After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant.  One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.  As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.”  But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him.  Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

  • What Jewish holiday were Jesus and the disciples celebrating?  the Passover
  • What was the Passover story?  The night that the Israelites left Egypt they were to paint their doorposts with the blood of a lamb.  If they had the blood on the doorpost their oldest sons’ lives were spared.  Every year after that the Jewish people celebrated the passover feast, which helped them to remember that event.
  • Where did Jesus tell the disciples to get the passover meal ready?  In the upper room.  The house of a man carrying a jar of water.
  • What did Jesus say that the bread represented? His body
  • What did Jesus say that the wine represented?  His blood
  • How is Jesus’ body and blood like the body and blood of the Passover Lamb? His death on the cross saves us from our sins and eternal death.
  • What else did Jesus do to serve the disciples?  He washed their feet.
  • We don’t wash each other’s feet today do we.  In Jesus’ time instead of shoes they wore sandals and their feet would get dirty.  So, they would wash their feet when they came into the house.
  • Who told Jesus that he didn’t want him to wash his feet?  Simon Peter
  • Why do you think that he didn’t want Jesus to wash his feet?  Because he thought that he should wash Jesus’ feet.
  • How did Jesus answer Peter? “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
  • Then what did Peter say? “Then, Lord, not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
  • Why did Jesus wash their feet?  To show them that they should likewise serve each other.  To demonstrate that He would wash away their sins.
  • What act of servanthood would Jesus do the next day?  Die on the cross for our sins.
  • Do you think that Jesus wanted the disciples to also be willing to give up their own lives to serve Him and others?  Yes
  • What did Jesus say one of the disciples would do?  betray him
  • Peter asked Jesus who the betrayer was.  What did Jesus say?  “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.”
  • Which disciple received the bread?  Judas
  • What did  Judas do after that?  He went out into the night to betray Jesus.
  • Let’s pray and thank Jesus for giving his life for us and let’s promise to never betray him…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

John 1:29b (KJV) “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.

Here is a perfect color page from Kids Talk About God.

Color page #1

Color page #2

Color page #3 from Crafting the Word of God

Color Page #4

Color page #5

Color page #6 from What’s in the Bible? (Last Supper color page)

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show a video of this story:

Video #1 from Crossroads Kids’ Club

Video #2 from The Jesus Film

My favorite video for this story is“The Servant King” from The Jesus Story Book Bible.  (Make sure that, if you buy it,  you order the collector’s edition or the curriculum edition, which has the DVD with the stories animated and narrated.  It’s wonderful.)  This video is similar, but someone has re-animated and only covers half of the story.  The original also talks about the bread and the wine, which is the most important part of the story.

This is a wonderful video, that demonstrates the connection between the Passover and the death of our Lord.

And this video, “Messiah in the Passover”  from Zola Levitt is for the teacher.

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Mission Bible Class has an excellent lesson with a great introduction idea.

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This is the perfect craft for this lesson from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.  She has another worksheet for this lesson here.

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Recreate a Seder Dinner with Jesus.  There are more ideas here and here.  Learn more about Passover at Messianic Education Trust.

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Share the music video of the song “Behold the Lamb” by Keith & Kristyn Getty.

Another good one is “In Remembrance of Me” by Cheri Keaggy

Or make your own music video with your i-movie program.  I did mine with the song “Come to the Table” by Michael Card.

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Share this object lesson   or this one   from sermons4kids.

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Here are some puzzles and work sheets from Kids Clubs 4 Jesus.  And there are more here  from Calvary Curriculum.  Or have them do this crossword puzzle from Bible Wise.

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Have the children make the booklet “Jesus Eats with His Friends” or “Washing Feet” by Jill Kemp and Richard Gunther from Lamb Songs.   Scroll Down.

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This is a cute craft that helps the kids focus on the fact that Jesus is Himself the Passover Lamb.

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Here are some great ideas for older kids.

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Have the older children split into 2 groups and pretend to do a TV news report of the first Passover and the Last Supper.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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The Last Supper Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about the Last Supper and that Jesus is the Passover Lamb from Luke 22: 7 – 20 and John 13: 3 – 30.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

John 1:29b  “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” 

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Read the story “Price of Freedom” from Keys for Kids.

http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=5133

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Help your child make a passover lamb washcloth to place by your bathtub to remind them that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. http://www.makingmusicprayingtwice.com/kids-activities/lent-activities

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Have a Christian Seder as this family did. http://www.aholyexperience.com/2011/04/why-a-christian-family-may-celebrate-passover-a-messianic-seder/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HolyExperience+%28Holy+Experience%29

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Have your child color and complete this activity page. http://personalpages.tds.net/~waldo/last_supper_puzzle.htm

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  http://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/the-last-supper/ 

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

Scripture: Luke 19: 28 – 44 and Matthew 21: 1 – 11 or pages 428 – 429 in the Children’s Golden Bible.

Devotional for the Teacher: Sermon Audio – “Hoshiana” by Pastor Joseph LoSardo

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:

Object Lesson: Before going to the Bible, share this “Rock Concert” object lesson from Sermons4kids.
Have the children open their Bibles to Luke 19: 28 – 44 and Matthew 21: 1 – 11 or pages 428 – 429 in the Children’s Golden Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

  • Where was Jesus going in this story?  to Jerusalem
  • What did He tell his disciples to do?  “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.  If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
  • Why do you think that Jesus had them bring a donkey instead of a horse?   Read Zechariah 9:9  Jesus was fulfilling this prophecy and showing himself to be the King.  “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!  Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!  See, your king comes to  you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
  • The disciples brought the donkey and Jesus rode on it.  What did the people in the crowd do? They put their coats and palm branches on the road in front of Jesus to ride on.
  • What did the people shout? “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
  • Does anybody know what Hosanna means?  It means “save us now”.
  • Do you think that the people understood what kind of a King and Saviour Jesus was? No.Read Luke 19: 41-44   As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it  and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.  The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.  They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
  • Do you think that the religious leaders understood the prophecy?
  • What did the Pharisees say? “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”  Rebuke means to reprimand or to scold.  They were asking Jesus to explain to his disciples that they were wrongly calling him the Messiah.
  • How did Jesus answer them? “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
  • When asked who Jesus was, what did the people answer?  “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
  • The people thought that Jesus was going to be an earthly king who would save them from the Romans.  But, He was a different kind of a King wasn’t he.  He wanted to be the King of their hearts.  Have you made Jesus the King of your heart? (Don’t press anyone to answer. Let them ponder the question.)
  • Let’s pray and thank Jesus for coming and let’s ask him to be the King of our hearts…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Matthew 21:5 “Your king comes to you. He is gentle and riding on a donkey.”

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Show a video of this story:

Video #1  from Crossroads Kids’ Club

Video #2   from Crossroads Kids’ Club

Video #3  from Crossroads Kids’ Club

Show a video clip of this story from the movie Jesus of Nazareth or The Jesus Film.

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Here are some really cute crafts for this lesson and Easter from Amy’s Free Ideas. This is a challenging craft, so for younger children, assemble the scenes for each child ahead of time, then let them color them during class time. (The scenes will lay flat to allow them to color them.)  I shrunk the size of the Jesus on the donkey so that the people were the same size as the background people.  Print the background and the pull strips on card stock at a printing store. I printed the Jesus and his disciples on plain paper so that it was easy to fold and paste to the pull strip.

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This Palm Sunday spinner  from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry is an easy craft to make, and sure to be a big hit.  This site also has a great palm leaf craft idea.

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Act out the story.  Here is a great idea for a donkey from Bible Class Creations.

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There are lots of great ideas here at Bible Fun For Kids by Debbie Jackson.

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Have the children do this maze puzzle, this decoder puzzle, or this one  or this one from Bible Wise.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets and color page from Calvary Curriculum.

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Share this children’s sermon or this one from Sermons4kids.  or this one.  Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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Have the children make a booklet of the story “Jesus Rides a Donkey to Church” by Jill Kemp and Richard Gunther at Lamb Songs. (Scroll Down)

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Have the children make this fan fold palm craft  or this palm leaf craft.   Or Have the children make this Palm Fan from Crafting the Word of God.

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Once they have made their palm branches, have the children parade around the room while Singing “Shout Hosanna” by the Donut Man. Then sing “Who’s the King of the Jungle?” by Concordia Publishing House. You can find them both on i-tunes.  Then sing Ho-Ho-Ho-Hosanna by the Cedarmont kids. Older kids will enjoy Hosanna by Hillsong.

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Play one of these Palm Sunday games, or one of these activities  or one of these.

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Have the children make a paper bag donkey  or this paper plate donkey .

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This is a cute donkey craft from Oriental Trading Company.

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Have the children make this Palm Leaf Sun Catcher from Crafting the Word of God.

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Play pin the tail on the donkey.

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Have the children fill out this  crossword puzzle by Sermons4kids .  There are activities and puzzle pages at the bottom of this page from Sermons4kids.

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The older kids might enjoy this puzzle  or this one .

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.

color page #1

color page #2

Color Page #3

Color page #4 from Crafting the Word of God

Color page #5 from What’s in the Bible? (Palm Sunday Color Page)

Color Page #6

Color Page #7

Color Page #8 from Bible Wise. (This is also a puzzle.)

An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Sing:

“Savior Coming” from Crossroads Kids’ Club .

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Lesson Index

Jesus Enters Jerusalem Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem from

Luke 19: 28 – 44 and Matthew 21: 1 – 11.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Matthew 21:5 “Your king comes to you. He is gentle and riding on a donkey.”

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Teach your child the song “Shout Hosanna” by the Donut Man. You can find it on i-tunes.

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Read the story “The King is Coming” http://childrenschapel.org/biblestories/palmsunday.html  

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Do an online memory puzzle featuring this story. http://songsofpraise.org/imagepuzzle.php?puzzleid=8

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  http://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/jesus-enters-jerusalem/

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