Matthew 27: 45-56
Read the passage with your children either as below as it is in the NIV Bible or from a children’s bible. You may want to pray to ask God to help you all understand it.
45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 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?”).
47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
48 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. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
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Questions to think about
This passage goes through what happened when Jesus died on the cross. A number of dramatic things occurred when he died, can you try and list all the different things that happened from the passage?
One of the things was darkness over the whole land for three hours. What does it make you think of when you think of darkness?
What do you think the darkness means?
The darkness is a sign of God’s judgement for sin. None of us treat God and others in the way that we should – this is called sin. When Jesus died on the cross he took the punishment that we deserve for us. He died for our sin.
Another thing that happens is that the curtain in the temple is torn in two. Do you know why the curtain was there?
The curtain in the temple separated people from the holy place where God dwelt. It showed that people cannot come into God’s presence because of their sin. It was torn from top to bottom as Jesus died. By tearing up the curtain God has broken down the barrier between God and people. He has dealt with people’s sin by Jesus’ death on the cross, now we can be in his presence. Because Jesus died we can be friends with God.
What did the centurion say when Jesus died?
From what we have learnt today, why do you think it is called Good Friday?
What do you want to say to Jesus for what he has done on the cross?
Listen and sing along to this song together which helps us remember what Jesus has done for us
You will need:
– A paper plate or other cardboard that can be cut into a circle shape (you could use an old cereal box or similar)
– Small amount of cardboard to cut small crosses from (This again could be from cereal boxes or similar)
– Colouring pencils or pens
- Either get your paper plate or cut a circle out of cardboard
2. Cut a semi-circle shape in the middle of your bigger cardboard circle/plate and stand that piece up out of the plate, this will be a hill
3. Colour the whole plate/circle in as grass and a path leading to the top of the hill
4. Next with your other piece of cardboard cut out three crosses
5. Colour the crosses in and then glue them on top of your hill
Hopefully you now have your own craft to remind you of what Jesus did on Good Friday!
Father God, thank you that you sent Jesus to die on the cross for all the wrong things we have done. Thank you that because Jesus died we can now be friends with you. Amen