Did you know....
that Jesus came to teach us how God wants us to live with each other and to show us that there is life after death?
The high priests and the Pharisees in Jerusalem did not like that Jesus was so popular and that people loved him. They wanted to kill Him.
Jesus knew this was going to happen, because it was what God, His Father, wanted.
One day shortly before the Passover, Jesus arrived in Jerusalem riding on a donkey. The people cheered and placed palm branches on the road for Him to walk on. They shouted, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
When the people in Jerusalem asked who this man was, the crowds answered, “This is the prophet Jesus from the town of Nazareth. He is the Son of God.”
Jesus' one disciple named Judas decided to do a very bad thing. He agreed that if he was given thirty pieces of silver in payment, he would betray Jesus to those who wanted to hurt him.
On the day of the Passover, Jesus sat at a table surrounded by His disciples. He took a loaf of bread, asked for God's blessing on it, broke it into pieces and gave it to the disciples saying, "Take it and eat it, for this is my body." Then He took a cup of wine, gave thanks and shared it with the disciples saying, "Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which seals the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out to forgive the sins of many." Jesus also said, the next time they would have wine together, it would be in God’s heaven.
After the Passover supper, Jesus walked with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane.
He prayed to God and said, “Father, please don't let me suffer. I will do what You know is best.”
Soon the temple guards with swords and clubs came to the garden. The soldiers did not know which one was Jesus, so Judas went over and said, "Greetings Teacher" and then kissed Jesus to show the guards who to arrest.
The men took Jesus to a high priest named Caiaphas and then to the roman governor, Pontius Pilate. Caiaphas wanted Jesus to be killed because Jesus kept saying that He was the Son of God. Pilate believed that Jesus was innocent, but the angry crowd shouted, “Kill him!”.
Jesus was given to the Roman soldiers who beat Him, put a crown of thorns upon His head and made Him carry a big wooden cross through the streets of Jerusalem to a hilltop named Golgotha.
When they got to the top of the hill, the soldiers put nails into Jesus’ hands and feet. Jesus prayed to God and said, “Forgive them, Father; they don’t understand what they are doing.”
Jesus and two robbers were left hanging on the crosses to die.
Suddenly the sky became very dark as if a storm was about to begin. Jesus cried out, “Father, into your hands I place my spirit!” And then He died.
All of a sudden, the ground began to shake and the curtain in the temple was torn in half. The people were very frightened and said, “Truly, Jesus WAS the Son of God.”
How sad would this story be if it ended here, but it doesn't. Here comes the best part....
Read the story in the Bible: Genesis 6:5-22; 7:1-24; 8:1-22; 9:1-17.
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