HOLY WEEK & YOUR FAMILY
57 Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. 58 And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end. 59 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, 60 but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward 61 and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’” 62 And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” – Matthew 26
Last Sunday, in Life Kids, we were learning about Jesus’ triumphal entry, betrayal, condemnation, death and resurrection. It’s a lot for anyone to take in, especially a 5 year old. Even with visions of chocolate bunnies dancing in their heads, they got it…. The real reason we celebrate Easter.
There’s a certain beauty about teaching the story of Easter to children. I know that they have heard the good news of the Gospel on a weekly basis, because we teach it to them. Every week our lesson comes back to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. For most of us, we treat it as if it is old news… but for many kids, it’s still as enthralling as the first time they heard it.
“Why would they do that?!” “Why does Jesus let them do that?!” “That’s not fair.” All of these were snippets of conversation that could be heard in the Greenhouse on Sunday. The best thing is, I get to tell them that they’re wrong, it is fair. Here comes the good part… When Jesus died on the cross, it was fair because he was punished for every sin we could ever commit.
I’ve always loved Matthew 26:64, when, after Caiaphas asked him if he was the Son of God, Jesus says “You have said so.” The King James Version translates it as “Thou hast said”, and although it is rather harder to understand, it’s quite poetic.
“Thou hast said.” It’s just what Caiaphas was waiting for. He could put Jesus to death now, send him on to Pilate the next morning and to the Cross before the sun went down again. It’s a good thing that it was just what I was waiting for too. Someone to come along, live every moment in righteousness and sacrifice himself for me. It couldn’t have been anyone else, and it couldn’t have been a more beautiful picture of love.
This week when you’re with your littlest family members, talk to them about the story of Easter. Enjoy the gleam in their eyes when they hear about what Jesus did for them. Let some of their enthusiasm rub off on you and remember what it was like the first time you heard what Jesus did for you on that Good Friday two thousand years ago.