4/14: The Gospel Project, Jesus the Perfect Priest
Session 3: Jesus was Arrested

Step 1: Read the Scripture

Read Matthew 26:31-56 (also see Mark 14:27-52; and Luke 22:31-62)

Step 2: Read a devotional

Jesus’ final days on earth were difficult to say the least. He was betrayed by one of His disciples. He was unfairly accused, tried, and sentenced to death by the religious leaders. And then He suffered pain and agony as He went to the cross. These cruel thoughts make us wonder why it had to happen like this. Was this all part of God’s plan?

This week, we learned about the night Jesus was arrested. He went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray. He was troubled because He knew everything that was about to happen. When the guards came for Jesus, Peter drew his sword to defend Jesus, but Jesus stopped him. Jesus was about to be arrested, accused, put on trial, and eventually crucified, but He said this was all part of God’s plan.

Jesus knew the sadness, injustice, pain, and agony that was coming for Him. Even though it troubled Him, Jesus willingly followed God’s plan. He knew that there was no other way for people to be saved.

Jesus knew that His death was God’s plan to save people from sin. Jesus’ friends turned against Him and He was arrested and put on trial, but Jesus followed His Father’s plan in order to bring salvation to the world.

Step 3: Reflect and respond

FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS
  •  How was Jesus obedient to God and His plan? Why is it important for you to obey those God has placed in charge? Ask God to help you obey your parents, teachers, and leaders today. 
  • How can a friend help you follow God’s plan during hard times? How can you be a good friend to others? Thank God for the friendships He has provided for you.
 
PRAY
Lord Jesus, thank You for enduring the sadness and pain that You faced. We know that all of this was God’s plan. Thank You for following God’s plan so that salvation could come to all who believe in You! Amen.

Step 4: Review from class

BIG PICTURE QUESTION
This is an important biblical truth that your child will encounter each week of this unit.
  • Preschool: How is Jesus the perfect Priest? Jesus gave His life for us.
  • Elementary: How is Jesus the perfect Priest? Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for sin, and He speaks to God the Father for us today.
KEY PASSAGE
This is a Bible verse that relates to our unit emphasis. Encourage your kids to memorize the verse.
  • Preschool: Jesus lived a perfect life. Hebrews 4:15
  • Early Elementary: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

UPPER ELEMENTARY:
  • Lesson: John 13-21 overview by the Bible Project and John 20:19-31
  • Key Passage: These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31
  • Tools for Bible learners: Good Bible Questions. When reading scripture together, encourage your children to help ask a question and discuss or look for the answer together. A good place to start are the 5Ws (who, what, when, where, why, and how). Example questions: Who does God show Himself to be (His character) in this passage? or When can I apply this command in my life? etc. 

**Next Week: Jesus is our Perfect Priest