He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Matthew 28:6 NASB
The Point of the Lesson:
Each child will see how Jesus was falsely accused and mistreated. They will understand that He did not fight or argue, but remained silent and fully trusted in God’s plan. They will understand that sometimes they are falsely accused or made fun of, but they have the power to remain silent just as Jesus did.
The Power of God’s Word:
But when the chief priests and the elders brought charges against him, he did not answer. Matthew 27:12 NIVR
The Prayer of Each Child:
Dear Jesus, You know what it is like to be hurt and made fun of. Help me to trust You completely when bad or sad things happen in my life. Keep me from saying things in anger that could make a situation worse or hurt others. Amen
The Lesson in a Word:Silent
Jesus’ Trials and Peter’s Denial
After Jesus was arrested in the Garden, He was taken to Caiaphas, who was the religious leader in Jerusalem. Caiaphas and the other leaders wanted to get rid of Jesus. Caiaphas looked for ways to accuse Jesus of bad things He never did. Finally, two men came up and they said untrue things about Jesus, but Jesus stayed silent. He didn’t say a word. Caiaphas was angry that Jesus didn’t say anything. He yelled at Jesus. Finally, Caiaphas shouted, “Tell us if you are the Son of God!” Jesus said that He was God’s Son. Caiaphas and the other leaders all said Jesus was guilty, and they hit Him and made fun of Him, but Jesus stayed silent. They sent Jesus to the Roman governor Pilate. When Pilate asked Jesus about what the others had said, Jesus didn’t say a word. There was a custom that the governor would free one prisoner from jail at this time of year. When Pilate asked the crowds who they wanted released, Jesus or a murderer named Barrabas, the people shouted, “Barrabas!” The crowds demanded that Jesus be punished. So Pilate let Barrabas go, and Jesus was sent to the cross.
(Source: Matthew 26:57-26:68 & Matt 27:1-2, 11-25)