Unit 26, Session 4: Jesus was Arrested
The Pharisees and other Jews in Jerusalem did not like Jesus. He didn’t play by their rules (Matt. 12:1-14), He claimed to be God (John 8:58-59; 10:22-33), and He extended salvation beyond the Jewish people (Luke 4:27). 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 Isa. 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 teach kids about the arrest of Jesus, 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. (Matt. 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. (Matt. 26:52) Jesus willingly gave Himself up for us because He loves us. (Eph. 5:2)
Second, Jesus was betrayed and arrested even though He did nothing wrong. The Jews tried to find a legitimate reason to kill Jesus, but they couldn’t find one. (Matt. 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. (Heb. 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. (Matt. 26:64) The high priest accused Him of blasphemy (speaking against God), but Jesus always told the truth.
Jesus felt the pain of betrayal and the agony of His imminent suffering and death. 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.
Jesus was Arrested
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.
Family Discussion Questions
- Why do you think Jesus was afraid to die on the cross?
• Are you ever afraid to obey God?
• How can we obey God when things are very difficult or scary?
- Why was Jesus arrested?
• Why didn’t Jesus fight back against His enemies?
• If you had been there, what do you think you might have done?
-Help the kids make paper chains by connecting looped strips of paper together like links.
-Provide time for kids to slip their hands into the links at the ends of their chains to
pretend they are handcuffs.
-Allow the kids to break free of their chains, if they wish.
"If you are actually going to arrest someone, you need much stronger chains than these! Today we will hear about a time Jesus was arrested. Jesus is God’s Son,
so the only way any chains could hold Him is if He allowed it to happen. Why would Jesus allow His enemies to arrest Him?"
Take some time as a family to pray for those who may be battling sickness or who are in the hospital. Model how to pray for those children who may be. younger.