Jesus' Last Days on Earth
Over the next two weeks, we will be sharing with you the Easter story. Each day with have a key verse from the bible, a written extract by a year 6 pupil and a closing prayer.
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion who was standing opposite him saw how he died, lie said, "Truly this man was a son of God."
Jesus was led away to die. Under Jewish law, he had to be killed outside the city gates. The Roman soldiers made him carry the heavy wooden cross to a place called Golgotha. A large, jeering crowd followed and Jesus, weak from being beaten, stumbled under the weight of the cross.
A broad-shouldered man called Simon, who had come from North Africa for Passover, was there. The soldiers grabbed him. "Carry the cross for the prisoner!" they called, "or we'll never get there."
When they reached the hill, the soldiers laid Jesus down on the cross and hammered nails through his feet and wrists. Jesus prayed, "Father forgive them."
Two robbers were put on crosses on either side of Jesus. The crosses were set into the ground and lifted up, so that the men would die from heat and thirst. It was nine o'clock in the morning, so the soldiers sat down and began gambling with dice to pass the time until the prisoners died. One of the two robbers called out to Jesus, 'Aren't you the Chosen One? Save yourself and us!"
"Don't say that," scorned the second robber. "We are getting what we deserve, but this man has done nothing wrong!" Then turning towards Jesus, he said, "Remember me when you reach your kingdom."
"Today you will be with me in Paradise," replied Jesus. Some of Jesus' friends were there, crying. Jesus whispered down to John, "Look after my mother and be a son to her."
At midday, when the sun should have been at its brightest, the sky turned black and Jesus called out, "My God, why have you deserted me?"
By three o'clock, he gasped, "I'm so thirsty!" A soldier soaked a sponge in sour wine and held it up to moisten Jesus' dry lips. Then in a clear voice, Jesus said, "It's finished!"
At that moment, back in Jerusalem, the curtain in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. At Golgotha, Jesus bowed his head and died.
Thank you that you had a plan to reconcile us with you.
Thank you Jesus for giving your life for us.