April 12, 2020
Need to Know: Jesus Is the Best Ever
Bible Story: Palm Sunday, Last Supper, Crucifixion, & Resurrection
Directions: READ the story aloud and follow the instructions. You will need a piece of paper and a pencil. THE STORY IS IN PURPLE
SAY: I’m going to draw a picture on this piece of paper, and you can guess what I’m drawing. Then I will tell you what that picture means in our Bible story!
DRAW a plate and utensils:
Then SAY: I drew a plate because Jesus and His friends shared a special meal together.
After they finished eating, Jesus and His friends went to a garden to pray. That’s when Judas showed up with a crowd of people ready to arrest Jesus. Judas hadbeen one of Jesus’ closest friends, but he decided to help people who wanted tohurt Jesus instead of acting like a true friend to Him.
DRAW a cross:
Then SAY: Why do you think I drew a picture of a cross?
Even though Jesus had never done anything wrong, the people arrested Jesus and took Him away. They beat Him up, yelled at Him, made fun of Him, and eventually nailed Jesus to a cross where He died.
DRAW a sad face:
Then SAY: It’s a sad face because this seemed like the worst day ever! How do you think you may have felt if you were one of Jesus’ friends who just saw Him die on a cross?
People didn’t understand that God had the best plan ever — He was working these things out for good! God allowed all of this to happen because Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, the Lamb of God, who was saving people from all the wrong things they would do!
DRAW a tomb, with a stone over the entry:
Then SAY: It’s a tomb! After Jesus died, they put His body in a tomb and sealed it shut with a giant stone. But three days later, God sent an angel to roll the stone away. (ERASE the stone from the drawn tomb)
DRAW an angel:
Then SAY: If these were two of the women who had just seen an angel, what do you think they were saying to Jesus’ friends?
Yes! The women found Jesus’ friends and were telling them all that they had seen and heard, when Jesus appeared to them and showed them all that He really was alive!
How do you think you would have felt if you had seen Jesus AFTER He had come back to life? Jesus’ friends were so happy to see Him!
Before Jesus went back to heaven, He told His friends to go everywhere in the world and tell the good news about Him to everyone. Jesus said, “Whoever believes … will be saved!”
God had now made a way to save everyone from their sins and fix their friendship with Him by sending His Son, Jesus, to be the perfect sacrifice for all time. Because of what Jesus did, anyone who believes in Him and follows Him can be forgiven for all the wrong things they do. Jesus is the best ever!
- Why was it necessary for Jesus to die on the cross?
- Have you ever stopped to think that Jesus died on the cross and rose again all because He loves you and because God wanted you to be with Him in heaven one day? How does that make you feel?
- What makes Easter the best day ever for you?