: to put to death by nailing or binding one’s hands and feet to a cross; to treat cruelly, torture
Today we’ll explore a story that, if it were broadcast on TV, would begin with a warning about jarring images of violence. But this isn’t a made-up story—it’s a factual account of Jesus’ death on the cross.
We’ll GET INTO how Jesus saves us. We’ll join Him as He’s arrested, tried, tortured, and crucified. We’ll stand with Him as He faces a high priest and a governor. Then we’ll walk with Him to a hill where a cross will claim His earthly life. After the video, we’ll TALK IT UP and ACT IT OUT, discovering what the truth that Jesus saves means to us today.
So get ready to stream “Crucified.” It’s a hard story to watch, but one filled with power and hope.
In today’s video we join Jesus as He’s on a rescue mission—a mission to save us from our sins, those things we’ve chosen to do that are wrong. Use these questions to TALK IT UP and dig into what Jesus did for us:
When Jesus came to Jerusalem, He was coming to do more than celebrate the Passover. He was coming to give His life as a sacrifice. He was coming to die.
That becomes clear when we look at the warning that Jesus gave His disciples, telling them what is about to happen (Matthew 26:1-2). And it’s confirmed when we overhear Jesus pray in the Garden of Gethsemane: “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done” (Matthew 26:42).
Jesus knew what was coming. He knew the cost of saving us, and He chose to pay that price anyway.
Jesus’ crucifixion may be hard to watch, but we can’t look away because what happens on the cross is the beginning of our hope. It rescues us from sin and makes things right between us and God. It invites us into a life packed with purpose as we follow Jesus.
And it forces us to admit that we, too, require saving—our sins separate us from God and only Jesus can rescue us. Only Jesus can save us from our sins!
Choose 1 (or more) of these activities and further explore what it means to be saved—by others and by Jesus!
Lead a prayer activity that will help participants thank Jesus and understand more fully what He went through on the cross to save us.
After the prayer, talk about this:
Jesus saves us. That’s great news—so great that we can’t keep it to ourselves!
Helping others know what Jesus has done and that they can become His friend forever is a gift that can change everything. So don’t keep this great news to yourself. Here are some ways to share it!
Have an adult post what you do on an appropriate social media site. Use the hashtag #GodInAction so we can see how you’re sharing that Jesus saves us!