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This is lesson 1 of 2 in the Jesus and the Journey to the Cross sermonlink series. See also the adult edition of this lesson.

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He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. Isaiah 53:7

Hey kids, have you ever built a “Top 5” list? Like your top 5 best friends, or your top 5 favorite snacks, or your top 5 favorite shows?

Well today we are going to look at the top 5 most important things to learn from a famous story in the Bible. It’s an Easter story… kinda. It’s actually the story about Jesus on trial – right before he went to the cross to die for our sins. Here are the 5 most important facts from this true story.

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Jesus was on _______ even though he _______ do anything wrong

You know that Jesus is perfect, right? So why was he on trial? Trials are for people who do something wrong! At this point in Jesus’ life, some people didn’t like him at all. In fact, there was a big group of people that wanted to get rid of Jesus. So they took him to court to try and get him into trouble.

Mark 14:55 Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find evidence against Jesus, so they could put him to death. But they couldn’t find any.  

Everyone in the court – even the people in charge – were against Jesus. But those mean people couldn’t find any real reason to punish him. That’s because Jesus never did anything wrong.

Peter stayed __________ even though he was Jesus’ best friend

Whenever you’re in a scary situation you want someone there to make you feel better, right? I’m sure Jesus did too, but his best friend Peter didn’t even go inside to help him during the trial. Peter was scared! He thought he would get in trouble because he was a friend of Jesus. So he stayed outside. I bet that made Jesus pretty sad.

The Jews _______ about Jesus even though that was against the law

The people wanted to get Jesus into trouble so badly that they lied about him, even though that was against the law. It’s one of the Ten Commandments!

But they lied anyways and made up stories about how Jesus broke the law. Funny thing is… they were breaking the law, not Jesus! They just wanted a reason to put Jesus to death. And so the priests and people in charge listened to their lies and found Jesus guilty.

Jesus didn’t save himself even though he was ________ enough to do it

Have you ever stepped on an ant? Maybe even on accident? They’re tiny and you’re huge. You can destroy ants!

And Jesus is way stronger than people. He’s God! He could have crushed everyone in that room that day, but he didn’t. He just took it all, in silence.

That’s what our memory verse is about.

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word.

He knew that what was happening was all a part of God’s plan, so he just let it happen.

Sometimes life isn’t ______, but God is still ________ in charge

That’s really the big idea for today. God had a plan for Jesus, and Jesus knew that. He knew that bad things were going to happen to him, but he also knew that it would all work out in the end. Unfair things will happen to all of us. But God knows what he’s doing. We have to trust him.

So, next time you feel like life is unfair, think about this story. Jesus had to deal with a lot of unfair things too. But God is always in control and we can always trust in his plan.

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Answers: trial, didn’t, outside, lied, strong, fair, always  Parent Signature:_____________________________


  1. What was your favorite part of the video? What is one thing you learned from the video?
  2. What are your top five favorite foods? What are your top five least favorite foods.
  3. Why do you think people didn’t like Jesus?
  4. Why do you think Peter was scared to stand with Jesus in court? Have you ever been scared to stand up for Jesus? Explain.
  5. Why did Jesus have to go to the cross for us?
  6. Read 2 Corinthians 5:21. What does this verse say about Jesus? What does the verse say Jesus did for us?
  7. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?

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