In this 4th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. We will read about Jesus' Passion in greater detail, and explore the significance of each step of His journey to His death on the Cross.
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Jesus Bearing His Cross
by James Tissot (1836-1902)
The Passion and death of Jesus is a sad and scary thing to think about. Jesus’ teachings and miracles made many people mad and scared. They hurt Jesus, made fun of Him, and killed Him because they were afraid of what Jesus told them about God. Jesus did not deserve to die so terribly. But Jesus knew that His Passion and death would open up Heaven for us. Jesus’ love for us is so great that helping us get to Heaven was worth the pain of death.
Jesus started His Passion by washing the feet of His Apostles. Foot washing was something slaves did for their masters. Jesus did this to teach us that a real master is like a slave for those he loves. After He washed their feet, the Apostles prepared for the Last Supper. They cleaned up a special room and set a table.
During the meal Jesus prayed over the food. He lifted up a piece of bread for the Apostles to see and told them that it was His body. He then told them to take His body and “eat” it. Then Jesus lifted a glass of wine and said, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” The Last Supper is the start of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, where we receive Jesus’ body and blood.
After the meal ended Jesus wanted to go to a quiet place and pray. He went to a garden with two of His Apostles. Jesus sat alone and prayed while the Apostles sat in another spot. Jesus knew that it was time for Him to suffer and die, and He was very sad. Jesus prayed to His Father. He told God that He didn’t want to suffer, but He wanted God’s Will to be done even more.
After His prayers, Jesus returned to all of the Apostles. Roman soldiers found Jesus with them and arrested Him after the Apostle Judas told the soldiers who Jesus was. Jesus was brought to a Roman governor named Pontius Pilate. Pilate listened to many people who said terrible things about Jesus. Pilate asked Jesus if the terrible things were correct but Jesus didn’t answer him.
While Jesus sat in jail the soldiers hit Him and cut Him with a whip. The soldiers made Jesus a crown of thorns for His head, and put a fancy cloak on His shoulders. As Jesus stood still, bleeding from His head and body, the soldiers made fun of Him for being the “King of the Jews.”
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