Jesus’ Crucifixion & Resurrection - Matthew 21:1-11; 26:17-28:15; Luke 20; 22:47-23; John 13

Our goal this week is to help kids see that God’s big plan, which had been in the works since Genesis 3,  finally comes to fruition at the moment of Jesus’ great sacrifice. Things seemed horribly out of control to the disciples who were living through it all, but everything was going completely according to God’s plan, down to the smallest details. God was choreographing the most stunning victory ever in the history of the world – the once-and-for-all victory over sin and death! What compelled God to go to such lengths to bring His plan to completion?? It was His love, His great love for us! Hallelujah – what a Savior! He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Activity – Re-tell the Story – place objects (or pictures of these objects) listed below on a table where kids can see them. Provide kids with cards printed with Bible passages (see end of document), which tell the Easter story. Let kids take turns matching an object on the table with the correct Bible passage. When correctly matched, ask kids what that part of the story teaches them about Jesus. Use the footnotes to discuss what we learn about Jesus as you match verses to objects. 





Matthew 21:1-7

Jesus is humble and gentle.1


Matthew 21:8

Jesus deserves our worship.2


Luke 19:39-40

All creation worships Jesus.3

Coin or lamb

Luke 20:20-26

Exodus 12:1-6

Jesus is perfect.4


John 13:4-5

Jesus is a servant.5


Luke 22:49-51

Jesus loves and cares for His enemies.6


Luke 22:60-62

Jesus knows everything bad about us, and He loves us still.7

Crown of thorns

Matthew 27:27-31

Isaiah 53:7

Jesus is patient and forgiving.8

Three crosses

Luke 23:39-43

Jesus saves and takes believers to heaven.9

Torn curtain

Luke 23:44-45

Hebrews 10:19-21

Jesus made a way for us to come near to God.10

Centurion’s breastplate

Matthew 27:54

Jesus was the righteous Son of God.11


Luke 24:1-3

Jesus defeated death.12

Angel costume

Matthew 28:5-6

Jesus is alive.13

  1. 1. Even though Jesus has all power on heaven and earth, He laid aside His power so that He could die for you and me. He came to Jerusalem gently and humbly.
  2. 2. The people on Palm Sunday used whatever they had to worship Jesus. We can do the same. How do you worship Him?
  3. 3. A day is coming when everyone and everything in heaven and on earth and under the earth will worship Jesus – Phil. 2:10.
  4. 4. Jesus is the perfect Passover Lamb. He went to Jerusalem on the 10th of the month and was questioned by the teachers of the Law for several days. They found Him perfect. In that same time span, every Jewish family had selected a lamb and was inspecting it to ensure it was perfect until the Day of Passover when it would be sacrificed. Jesus is our Perfect Passover Lamb.
  5. 5. Jesus served His disciples by doing the job of the lowliest servant – washing the guests’ feet.
  6. 6. Jesus loves people – all people, all the time. He healed even one of His enemies at the moment that He was being arrested.
  7. 7. Jesus knew that Peter was going to deny Him; He knew Peter would desert Him when He most needed support, but He loved Peter still, and He loves us in spite of our sin, too, and He invites us to serve Him, too.
  8. 8. Jesus was abused by the Roman soldiers, but He didn’t open His mouth against them. He didn’t fight back. 
  9. 9. A criminal made his decision to repent and follow Jesus as he hung on the cross, and Jesus promised that He would see him in heaven that very day!!
  10. 10. Hebrews reminds us that there was a curtain in the temple that separated the people from God’s presence. When Jesus’ body was torn apart, the curtain literally tore in half, indicating that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, the separation between a holy God and sinful men was gone. Jesus made a way for us to come near to God – finally!
  11. 11. When the Roman soldiers saw Jesus die, even though they were heathens, they recognized that Jesus was righteous and that He was truly God’s Son!
  12. 12. Why didn’t the women find Jesus in the tomb? Because He wasn’t dead – HALLELUJAH!! Jesus defeated death and sin and Satan!
  13. 13. Our Jesus is ALIVE! He sits at the right hand of God and makes intercession – for us – every day! Easter is not just the story of Jesus dying for our sins; it’s the story of our Jesus becoming the victor over sin and death. We serve a LIVING GOD!


Think about all the things we just mentioned about Jesus – who He is and what He has done. If you could talk to Jesus face to face right now, what could you thank Him for? Talk to Him now in prayer. 

Bible Verses Which Tell the Easter Story

(On following pages- cut apart so kids can match Bible passages to correct object)

Matthew 21:2-7 - Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.

Matthew 21:8 - A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 

Luke 19:39-40 - Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Luke 20:20-26 - Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. 21 So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. 25 He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” 26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.

Exodus 12:1-6 - The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “…on the first month… the tenth day … each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. The animals you choose must be … without defect [perfect]… Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 

Luke 22:49-51 - When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. 51 But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

John 13:4-5 - So Jesus got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Matthew 27:27-31 - Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Isaiah 53:7 - He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.

Luke 23:39-43 - One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:44-45 - It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

Hebrews 10:19-21 - So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body.

Matthew 27:54 - When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

Luke 23:47 - The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” 

Luke 24:1-3 - On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 

Matthew 28:5-6 - The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.