Lesson Learned: Jesus showed His love for you by dying on the cross for you (and me!). He forgives us for the bad things we do and always loves us.
38 Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40 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!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “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. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
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.
Talking Points: Jesus was God’s son and He loved us so much that He was willing to die for us so that we could be forgiven of our sins. Because He did this, we are able to go to Heaven. The soldiers made fun of Jesus and hurt Him, yet He still asked for forgiveness for them. We should follow Jesus’ example and always forgive people who hurt us or make fun of us. When we try to live like Jesus did, He still lives inside of us.
Draw a cross on the construction paper and cut it out (older children may be able to cut it out themselves). Fold 1/4 inches from the bottom of the cross. Tape the cross to the paper plate along the fold.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for dying for my sin. You forgive us for the bad things we do and make it possible to go to Heaven. Thank You! Amen!