God’s Hand in our Lives Teacher’s Notes NT Jesus’ Death & BurialSTORY
The Death and Burial of Jesus - (Matthew 13, Mark 14, Luke 23, John 19)
Lord Jesus, help me to bring into focus for these children the wonderful, self-sacrificing attitude You
had even as You died on the cross, and please send Your Spirit to capture their hearts with Your love
for them. Amen.
Jesus suffered, died, and was buried.
God’s plan for our redemption required that One Substitute must die for the sins of the world, and we
are happy that Jesus died for us.
(Rupprecht Bible History References Vol.2, pp. 412-422)
Just a quick review of a couple of minutes at Calvary as we hear Jesus say goodbye to his mother.
His foster-father Joseph was no longer alive; Jesus’ younger brothers and sisters (Mt.13:55) were not
yet converted to His fellowship (Jn.7:5), so Jesus provided Mary with the support of a Christian son
(John); His younger siblings became members of the Christian Church sometime later(Acts 1:14).
John was happy to become her adopted son.
Application: This is a practical example of spiritual (church) fellowship applied in real life by Jesus
Himself! St. Paul did not invent the doctrine of church fellowship, for Jesus already here was
practicing it in a most personal way. We are closer to Jesus than His blood relatives were, as He
Himself claims in Mt. 12:46-50. What an honor for us!!
At the scene of Jesus on the cross, from about noon until 3:00 pm, Jewish Standard time:
Luke 23:44-45 tells us that there was darkness at midday over all the earth, for the sun was darkened
(obscured) as in a total solar eclipse, yet this was not the moon obscuring the sun, because Passover
was always at full moon, when the moon and sun are on opposite sides of our planet. This miracle
was recorded even by heathen writers, for it darkened the whole hemi-sphere of the planet facing the
sun for three hours. Comment: Perhaps this miraculous darkness was a byproduct of t