A Spiritual Journey towards faith in Jesus Christ for Children
Family Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:1-61
Family Discussion Starters:
In all of Scripture, this passage may be the very saddest,
so why do we call Good Friday 'Good'?
(This is not fully known. There are several speculations, however, The Baltimore Catechism states that "Good Friday is called Good because Christ, by His Death, showed His great love for man, and purchased for him every blessing.")
Which disciple turned Jesus over to be crucified?
Was he proud of his action?
(Judas turned Jesus in for 30 pieces of silver. No, he was so upset by what he did that he took his own life. Do you think there are times when we desire money over the presence of Jesus Christ?)
Who was Jesus brought before to testify?
Did he believe Jesus was guilty?
(Pilate who was the Roman Governor. No. He tried to release Jesus but the Jewish people would not allow it. He washed his hands clean of the matter.)
The Scripture says Jesus dies at 3:00 pm.
What happened at that time?
("At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people." Matt 27:51-53)
How do we know when Jesus actually died?
(This is a very interesting exercise. Scholars have concluded the exact time and date of Jesus' death:
"This allows us to narrow down the time of Jesus' death to a very specific point in history: around 3 pm on Friday, April 3, A.D. 33"
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