Day 6 – Jesus’ Trial & Crucifixion {Christ Centered Easter Week}


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Friday, Day 6 – Jesus’ Trial & Crucifixion

{This was another longer devotional for us because my kids ended up having a lot of good questions, and we read a lot of scriptures. If you are running short on time, choose one scripture and discuss with a nice hymn, or read a scripture, choose one video, and use that to remember Christ. I tend to over prepare and go with whatever works best the day of.}

Opening Song: He Died That We Might Live Again, Children’s Song Book, page 65

Scriptures: Mark 14: 64, Luke 23: 13-17 (or Luke 23: 4 if you want something short), Matthew 27: 23-24

Discussion: What happened to Jesus after his agony in Gethsemane? (He was betrayed by Judas, brought before Jewish religious leaders, where Christ was spit on, mocked, bound, and accused of blasphemy (not showing respect or being irreverent towards God, or claiming to be equal to God. The leaders accused Christ of blasphemy because He called himself the son of God & He claimed He could forgive others sins. These charges would have been true, had Jesus not actually been who He said He was.)

Why was Jesus brought before Pontius Pilate? (The Jewish leaders did not have the authority to kill Jesus, so they sent him to Pilate, who was the Roman governor.) What did Pilate think about Jesus? (He thought he was innocent and wanted to let him go.) In the end Pilate sentenced Jesus to be crucified. (killed) What was the importance of Pilate washing his hands? (He was following the Jewish ritualistic ceremony practiced in such cases (Deut. 21:1–9), designed to free him from responsibility for Jesus’ death.) How do we, like Pilate, sometimes try to avoid making really tough decisions? Is that the way the Lord works? (no).


Discussion Part II: What did the people do to Jesus after he was sentenced to be crucified? (Matthew 27:27–44Luke 23:34–39  – The soliders beat Jesus with whips, stripped off His clothes and gave them away, had Him put on a purple robe and a crown of thorns to mock him as ‘king of the Jews’. Then they laughed at Him, Spit on him, and had him carry His own cross. Even while on the cross, they taunted Him and told Jesus that if He truly were the Son of God He would save himself.) Why did Jesus allow the people to persecute him? (1 Nephi 19:9 – because of his loving kindness and long suffering for man.)

Activity: Vinegar Taste Testing

vinegar taste test

Read Matthew 27: 34. (Refering to the soldiers mocking him and giving him vinegar to drink instead of water). Then read John 19: 28-30. Point out that this is the only mention in the scriptures of Jesus speaking of the physical discomfort or pain He had while on the cross. “I thirst”. What was He given when He said that He was thirsty? (vinegar) What does this show us? (That He was tested even until the end)

As a family, test what vinegar tastes like. We took a small cup, filled it a little bit with vinegar, and then had everyone dip their finger in the small cup of vinegar and taste it.

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Then we talked about the taste of vinegar and how we would have felt being offered that to drink. (How did you like the vinegar? Was it nice and refreshing to drink? Can you imagine getting a cup of that to drink after being hurt by soldiers? How do you think Jesus felt being offered that to drink instead of water?)

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Discussion III: While on the cross, who was Christ thinking of? (His mother (John 19: 26-27), The Roman Soldiers (Luke 23:34), The malefactor on the cross (Luke 23: 39 – 43).) What can we learn from this?

What qualities and characteristics did Christ show during His crucifixion? (more concerned with others than Himself, forgiving, submissive to Heavenly Father’s will, He felt alone but still stood strong, did not complain, did not condemn others for their weaknesses). When we go through difficult times, do we show these same qualities? How can our family be better at following the Savior’s example during times of difficulty or sadness?


Activity: Turn Off the Lights

Turn off all the lights in the house to signify the 3 hours of darkness in Jerusalem while Christ was on the cross (Matthew 27:45) and the 3 days of darkness in the New World (3 Nephi 8: 20 – 23). Huddle up close to each other and talk about how hard it must have been, and how scared people must have felt. Talk about the earthquakes and destruction that happened after Christ’s death. How do you think the people in the Book of Mormon felt when they heard the voice of Jesus Christ after being in the dark so long?

Closing Song: “To Think About Jesus“, Children’s Songbook pg 71

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