Jesus Praying in the Garden
He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Matthew 28:6 NASB
The Point of the Lesson:
Each child will understand that Jesus was aware of the pain and suffering that He was going to go through on the cross. They will see that He turned to His Father to pray for strength, peace and guidance. They will learn that it is best to trust God no matter what happens around them.
The Power of God’s Word:
He went a little farther. Then he fell with his face to the ground. He prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering away from me. But let what you want be done, not what I want.” Matthew 26:39 NIRV
The Prayer of Each Child:
Dear Jesus, I am glad that I do not have to go through things alone. You are always with me. Help me to trust God each day even when things don’t go well. God knows the future and promises to always help me out. Amen
The Lesson in a Word: Accept
During the Passover festival, Jesus had a special meal with his friends. Jesus was sad because He knew one of His disciples was not going to be His friend anymore. Jesus knew that disciple was Judas. It was hard, but Jesus told Judas to do what he had to do. After Judas left, Jesus finished the meal with His friends. After supper, Jesus and His friends went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. Jesus asked His friends to stay awake as He went off to pray by Himself. Even though Jesus was God, He knew what was about to happen. He knew He would be arrested and beaten, and that it would hurt to be on the cross. Jesus knelt down and talked to His Father. He asked God, “If there’s any way out of this, help me find it. But most of all, I want Your ways, God.” Jesus went back and found His friends asleep. He was sad that His friends couldn’t even stay awake with Him. He woke them up, and then He went back to praying. Jesus came back, and He found His friends asleep again! This time He let them sleep as He prayed. When Jesus came back the third time, He woke his friends. Just then, Judas appeared with a large mob. Judas kissed Jesus on the cheek as a sign to show the crowd who to arrest. Then the crowd took Jesus away.