This Week's Sunday School Lesson
Creekside's preschoolers and elementary schoolers are currently learning about Jesus: The Anointed One. This Sunday, September 24th, they will learn about how Jesus was arrested, as described in Matthew 26:36-27:2.
The Pharisees in Jerusalem did not like Jesus. He didn’t play by their rules (Matthew 12:1-14), He claimed to be God (John 8:58-59; 10:22-33), and He extended salvation beyond the Jewish people (Luke 4:29). So they plotted several times how they might kill Him.
The events leading up to His death did not surprise Jesus. Each step was part of God’s established plan. (See Isaiah 53:10; Acts 2:23.) But knowing God’s plan didn’t lessen Jesus’ suffering as He was betrayed by His friends, arrested, falsely accused, and beaten. As you talk with your kids about Jesus’ arrest, help them understand the gravity of the events.
First, Jesus wanted to do God’s plan. Jesus came to earth to rescue people from sin. He was committed to doing the Father’s will. (Matthew 26:39,42) When Judas showed up with a crowd, Jesus didn’t run. He didn’t even allow Peter to stand in His defense. (Matthew 26:52) Jesus willingly gave Himself up for us because He loves us. (Ephesians 5:2)
Second, Jesus was betrayed and arrested even though He did nothing wrong. The Jewish leaders tried to find a legitimate reason to kill Jesus, but they couldn’t find one. (Matthew 26:59-60) Jesus did what we failed to do; He perfectly obeyed the law. His arrest was not just. The trial was not fair. But this had to happen. Only a sinless, perfect sacrifice could take away sin. (Hebrews 9:11-14)
Finally, Jesus is who He says He is. After Jesus’ arrest, the high priest asked Jesus if He was the Son of God. Jesus affirmed that He is. (Matthew 26:64) The high priest accused Him of blasphemy (speaking against God), but Jesus always told the truth.
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.