When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands, I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.
Luke 23:33-34a, 46
Our Holy Week Family Devotional is brought to you by the Next Gen Ministry. We pray you and your family spend time reflecting on the life of Jesus this week.
The kind of death that Jesus died on the cross, called crucifixion, was very painful. One reason it was so excruciating was because the crucified person’s hands and feet were nailed to a huge cross made out of large pieces of wood.
When Jesus was hanging on the cross, people in the crowds below teased and mocked Him. They made a crown of thorns for Him to wear. They were making fun of Him by calling Him “The King of The Jews.” They even gave Him vinegar instead of water when He was thirsty.
But even while Jesus was in pain and being made fun of, He asked God to forgive all the people who wanted to kill Him. He chose to stay up on the cross—even though He was powerful enough to come down from it—because He loved us. He knew He had to die so all of our sins could be crossed out forever. This is why we celebrate Good Friday: the day Jesus died.
Even though He’d done nothing wrong, He took the punishment for us instead. He died for us. This way, we could live and be forgiven of our sins!
• Why do people call this “Good Friday,” the day Jesus died? Why do we say it’s good when so many bad things happened to Jesus?
• How does it make you feel to think about Jesus dying for you?
Supplies needed: wooden or cardboard cross, light-colored markers, white paint, and paintbrushes
Have each family member write sins on the cross in light-colored markers. Talk about them and show your kids yours so they understand that even adults have things they struggle with.
Using the white paint, paint over the words and cross. Repeat until the words are completely covered. (You may have to wait for the paint to dry between coats.)
Talk about how Jesus dying on the cross covered all our sins and how we are forgiven when we put our faith in Him. Display the crosses somewhere you can see them often, remembering what Jesus has done.