Jesus Passion is such a key element to Christian belief. But it is also an intense topic that many parents are wary of discussing with their children. Today, the Christian Parenting Examiner will continue a weeklong series providing a brief, family-friendly description of the days events during Holy Week.
After Jesus and His disciples got to Gethsemane, He went away by Himself to pray for a while. He took three disciples with Him. Jesus was really sad, because He knew everything that was about to happen. He asked the three disciples that were with Him to pray with Him. Three times, Jesus asked them to pray and then went away to pray alone. Each time Jesus returned, He found the disciples asleep. The last time He woke them up, Jesus told them that His time was about up and that He was about to be betrayed.
Just then, Judas came toward Jesus with soldiers. The selfish preachers had send them. Judas kissed Jesus to show the soldiers which man was Jesus, and they arrested Jesus. One of Jesus followers tried to fight. He used a sword to cut off the ear of one of the soldiers. But Jesus touched the soldiers ear and healed him. Jesus wanted peace not violence.
As the soldiers took Jesus away, all of the disciples ran away, just as Jesus had told them they would.
Jesus was taken to Caiaphas, the leader of the selfish preachers. The other preachers were there, too. Peter followed the soldiers to see what would happen. The preachers started asking Jesus a lot of questions, but Jesus wouldnt answer any of them. Caiaphas asked Jesus point blank, Are you the Son of God? Jesus told the truth and said that He is Gods Son. After Jesus said that, the selfish preachers accused Him of blasphemy (telling a lie about God) and they agreed that Jesus should be killed. They spit on Him. They hit Him. They made fun of Him.
All this time, Peter was sitting outside. Three times someone else recognized him as one of Jesus disciples. Each time, he said they were wrong. As he said that for the third time, a rooster crowed and Peter remembered what Jesus said he would do. Peter was very sad and ashamed.
The selfish preachers took Jesus to Pilate, a Roman leader, to have Jesus killed. Pilate asked Jesus if He was King of the Jews. Jesus answered honestly and said that He was. Jesus did not try to defend Himself, so Pilate agreed to have Jesus killed.
Pilates soldiers took Jesus away. They whipped Him. They spit at Him. They put a crown of thorns on His head. They beat Him. Then they took Jesus away to be crucified. Jesus was taken to a place called Golgotha. There He was nailed to a cross and then left to die. The whole time, people were teasing Jesus and yelling terrible things at Him.
There were two other men crucified with Jesus. One of them was mean and selfish. He asked Jesus to save them all. The other man was sorry for the bad things he had done. He asked Jesus to remember him when He got back to Heaven. Jesus forgave the second man for the bad things he had done.
Thats when more miracles happened. From noon until 3 pm, it was dark when it should have been daylight. Jesus prayed to God asking Him to forgive the people for what they were doing. At about 3:00, Jesus died. At that moment, there was an earthquake, rocks split, and a curtain in the temple split from the top to the bottom. When the soldiers saw what was happening, they were scared because they realized that Jesus was who He had said He was.
Jesus body was taken down off of the cross and put in a tomb (cave) to be buried. They had to hurry because of the Passover holiday. They were not allowed to be working (including burying Jesus) after nighttime. Then a huge stone was put over the entrance to the tomb, sealing it up tight.
At about that same time, Judas realized what a terrible thing he had done. He tried to give back the money but the selfish preachers would not take it back.
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