We've made it to Palm Sunday! This week we'll learn about all of the events that happened between Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and his death on the cross on Friday afternoon.
"The temple curtain was torn in two from top to bottom. A Roman commander was standing there in front of Jesus. He saw how Jesus died. Then he said, “This man was surely the Son of God!”
The passion story in Mark's gospel presents Jesus as one who dies abandoned by all. Jesus was betrayed multiple times: Judas betrayed him at the Last Supper; the disciples at Gethsemane by falling asleep; Peter by denying him; Pilate by washing his hands of the situation; the crowd by choosing Barabbas. This narrative, which leads up to Jesus' death and burial, also teaches us about Jesus' identity as Savior, King and Son of God.
The Passion narrative is central to understanding the Christian faith. Kids will understand the story differently, depending on their stage of development. It's important to remind kids that this isn't the end of the story! There's a surprise coming on Easter Sunday, but first it's natural to be sad about what happened to Jesus and to reflect on his sacrifice.
Next Steps for Parents: Have a dinnertime conversation with your kids about the events of Holy Week. Talk about what it might have been like to enter the city as a king, discuss how it might feel to be betrayed by a close friend. How have you felt when a close friend or family member dies?