Hey BridgeKids Families!

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.

Family Devotional

Open your Bibles to Matthew 26:36-27:2.  If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read to them.  Here you’ll read about 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.
Ask the Questions:
  1. What did Jesus want more: to not have to die on the cross or to do God’s plan? (to do God’s plan)
  2. Did Jesus try to get away when the people in the crowd grabbed Him to arrest Him? (No, He said it was all happening just like God said.)
  3. What did Jesus say when the high priest asked Jesus if He was the Messiah? (“Yes, that’s right.”)
  4. People asked Peter three times if he was Jesus’ friend. How many times did Peter say he was not? (three)

BridgeKids Announcements

  • Memory Verse: Our unit memory verse right now is Luke 4:18 – The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
  • Penny Wars!: Every week in BridgeKids we take an offering to teach the kids how to give back to God.  Right now we are raising money for the missions conference in November.  The BridgeKids funds will go for Osmar and the Sunshine Kids Club in Peru.
  • XO Marriage Conference – Parents, don’t miss this fantastic marriage enrichment event at LifeBridge Church on March 1 and 2.  Check out all the details on webuildbridges.org/xo2019.