Jesus Was Arrested
Matthew 26:36- 27:2
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.” Luke 4:18
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 4:29). 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 Is. 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. (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 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.
KEY PASSAGE: Luke 4:18
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Why do believers share the Lord’s Supper? Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death.
BIBLE STORY: JESUS WAS ARRESTED
- Jesus went to a garden to pray.
- Jesus was arrested, but He did nothing wrong.
- e religious leaders said Jesus was telling lies about God.
- Peter said three times that he was not Jesus’ friend.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- What did Jesus pray in the garden?
- Why didn’t Jesus stop the people from arresting Him?
- Why did Peter say he was not Jesus’ friend? How do you think that made Jesus feel?
- Pray outside as a family. Talk about how Jesus and His friends went to a garden to pray.
- Collect or purchase softback Bibles to donate to a prison ministry.
NEXT WEEK “Jesus’ Crucifixion” (Matthew 27:11-66)