We do not look in the obituaries of a newspaper to read about the death and burial of Jesus. We look in the Holy Bible. For example, in the story from God's Word today we find out about a very unusual happening from 12:00 noon until 3:00 o'clock on the day Jesus was died. Before we watch the film clip, let's look at the new words that will help us understand the story.

#B on Student Study Guide

Distribute the Student Study Guide and direct students' attention to the vocabulary words.

take, took

Illustrate by taking someone out of the room (describing your actions as you go). Then ask a student to take another student out of the room.


This can be a noun (show a nail) or a verb (demonstrate the action with a hammer)-with the same spelling and pronunciation.

hill called Calvary

Draw a hill on the board. Label it "Calvary."


Draw three crosses on "Calvary" (the hill just drawn).

thief, thieves

A person who steals-one who takes something that belongs to another person

You could demonstrate by walking by a student and quietly picking up that person's pencil, coat, etc.-and walking away with it.


Place an eraser between two pieces of chalk, some paper between two books, etc. Also refer to students in the class, and their proximity to one another.

dark / light

Turn off the lights to contrast dark and light. Show something black and white.


The people crying: "Crucify him! Crucify him!"

bury, buried

Put into the ground. In today's story this applies to people. But squirrels also bury nuts and dogs bury bones in the ground. (Use body language to "dig!")

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What was the unusual thing that happened for three hours before Jesus died?

Show the film clip beginning with the soldier counting nails and ending with the rolling of the stone across the entrance of the tomb.

After discussing the answer to the above focus question, direct attention to the questions for the second viewing of the film clip. Go over these questions below to ensure comprehension.

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1. Three people died on a cross that day with Jesus. Who were the other two? Why were they crucified?
2. What happened to the seamless garment Jesus was wearing on the day he died?
3. How did Jesus feel about his accusers?
4. How long was it dark?
5. What were the last words of Jesus?
6. Who buried Jesus?
7. Where was he buried?

Show film clip again.

Now let's read this story!

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1. The soldiers took Jesus to a hill called Calvary.
2. They nailed Jesus to a cross between two thieves.
3. Jesus shed his blood for our sins.
4. The sky was dark from twelve o'clock noon until three o'clock.
5. Jesus shouted: "Father, I give Myself to you."
6. Then Jesus died for the sins of the world.
7. A friend named Joseph took the body of Jesus to a burial place.
8. Daylight was ending; it was almost night on Friday.

Note: Use the cardbord clock from Lesson Three. Turn the hands turn from 12:00 until 3:00.

Draw four identical "valleys" on the board. On the first, draw a sun peeking up on the right side. On the second, draw a sun high in the sky. On the third, draw a sun sinking on the left. On the fourth, draw a half moon and a few stars in the sky. Label these morning, noon, evening (almost night), and night. Have students draw these also (if there is time), then ask and answer questions about each of the four time periods. One says a clock time and asks, "What time is it?" The answering partner responds with one of the four possible answers. Demonstrate what you want students to do.

	A-6:10 p.m.				A-2:00 a.m.
	B-Evening				B-Night

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Answer Key-1-They, 2-was, 3-our, 4-what, 5-fun, 6-of, 7-from, 8-put, 9-sins, 10-the, 11-it

On separate page following the Student Study Guide

Answer Key-a-3, b-5, c-1, d-7, e-4, f-6, g-2, h-8

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1. Putting burial spices on the body was an important part of the burial custom in the time Jesus lived on earth. What burial customs are important in your culture now? Share this information in a small group: a. How much time is there between the death and the funeral?
b. What time of the day are funerals?
c. How long do funerals last?
d. What about flowers? colors? music? and food? Are these important also?

2. In your small group, talk about what additional facts you learned in this story about the burial customs in Israel when Jesus died on the cross.

3. In small groups, talk about why Jesus died on the cross. Say what you are thinking. Debrief by writing responses on the board.

4. Ask for volunteers to tell the story in their own words. Students who are most proficient will get needed practice, while the others can learn from listening. If students need a little help, show small increments of the film clip-then ask the class about what they just saw. Students may enjoy an "add-on" story, i.e., the first volunteer provides the first sentence; a second volunteer adds what comes next; on and on this goes to the end! Everyone benefits! The risk-takers are challenged; the less confident students hear a good model and eventually have courage to try!

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1. The blood sacrifice in the Old Way of Worship paid the penalty for sins.

"For the life of the flesh is in the blood. . . For the blood makes you free from sin because of the life in it." (Leviticus 17:11, NLV)

"The Law says that almost everything is made clean by blood. Sins are not forgiven unless blood is given." (Hebrews 9:22, NLV)

2. God sent Jesus to atone (to be the substitute lamb) for our sins.

"Christ is the sacrifice that takes away our sins and the sins of all the world's people." (I John 2:2, CEV)

"All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory." (Romans 3:23, CEV)

"God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Jesus Christ, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life's blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God." (Romans 3:24-25, CEV)

"God makes anyone right with Himself who puts his trust in Jesus." (Romans 3:26b, NLV)

3. The leaders and soldiers didn't take the life of Jesus. He gave it. The nails did not hold Jesus to the cross. His love did.

"Nothing in all creation can separate us from God's love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!" (Romans 8:39b)

Distribute a nail to each student. Say:

Think of all the sins of your lives - all your "breaking of God's law by thought, word, deed, or omission." (Write this definition on the board as you speak.)

Note: A sin is defined in 1 John 3:4 and in The All Nations Dictionary as "breaking God's law by thought, word, deed, or omission."

Imagine nailing these sins one by one to the cross of Jesus . . . This is what Jesus did for us! He died for all our sins. He died so we can LIVE eternally (always) with God in heaven.

"My sheep hear my voice and I know them. They follow Me. I give them life that lasts forever. They will never be punished. No one is able to take them out of My hand." (John 10:27-28, NLV)

Ask students to keep their nails to help them remember what Jesus Christ did for all the world.


"Jesus Paid It All" (chorus only)

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