Years and years ago, God sent his son,
Jesus, to live on earth. He did this
so we could learn of all the love
God has for us. Jesus was born
to Joseph and Mary in a stable in
Bethlehem. He was born there because there
was no room in any of the inns.
His birth is celebrated on Christmas Day.
Jesus grew up in a place called Nazareth.
His father, Joseph, was a carpenter.
Jesus learned to be a carpenter also.
Jesus spent a lot of time talking to
teachers in the church. He learned
about his Heavenly Father's plans
for his life here on earth. Even
at a young age he was able to tell
so many great stories about God.
When Jesus became a man he knew it
was time for him to travel and
tell the people all about God. He
told all people, from small
children to grown-ups. He always
told them how much love God had for
them. He healed the sick and shared
God's word with all who would listen.
But, there was some people who did not
like for Jesus to spread God's word.
They wanted to make the people do only
what they wanted. They didn't want Jesus
to be called "King", or "the Messiah"
as he was being referred to.
Jesus knew there were some people that
did not like him and wanted to hurt him.
Jesus was in Jerusalem celebrating the
Feast of Passover with his closest followers,
his disciples. He served them bread and wine,
and said to them, "this do in remembrance of me".
Jesus knew he would soon die. Jesus knew
this because God had told him that
he would be betrayed. This meal, with his
disciples, is known as The Last Supper.
Christians remember Jesus by sharing bread
and wine together.
After the Last Supper, Jesus went to
a place to pray. This place is called
Gethsemane. While there, Judas, one of his
disciples betrayed him. He brought soldiers
to arrest Jesus. Judas did this in exchange
for a bag of coins.
Jesus was taken to a Governor who
declared that Jesus was to be killed.
Along with some thieves. Jesus
was beaten by the soldiers. They put a
crown of thorns on his head, called him names
and made him carry a very heavy cross,
the one he was to be hung on, up a big hill.
This hill is called Calvary.
When they got to the top of the
hill, they nailed Jesus's hands and
feet to the cross. Then they
stood the cross up. Jesus was forced to
hang there. Jesus was in great pain,
but he prayed and forgave his enemies. Saying.
"Forgive them father, for they do not know
what they do". Then he died.
There was some people that loved Jesus
very much. They could not bear to
see him hanging on the cross. They took
his body down and wrapped it gently in cloth.
They placed him in a cave like tomb
and rolled a huge stone in place to cover
the opening. Three days later
they returned to the tomb and were very
surprised. The stone had been rolled away.
A messenger from God appeared and told
them that Jesus was with God
in Heaven. He had been resurrected.
We call the day that Jesus died
"Good Friday". We don't call it good because
he died, but because of the sacrifice
that Jesus made for us. So that all
our sins could be forgiven. Jesus gave
up his life for us. Showing
us all the love that God has for
us. Telling us that God will forgive
us no matter what.
We celebrate Jesus's resurrection
on Easter Sunday. When we look at he cross, we
are reminded that Jesus died for
us so that anyone who believes in
him will not die for all eternity.
They will live forever with
God in Heaven.
We know that Jesus will be with
us and love us forever.
That is why we are so happy
and celebrate the Easter Holiday.
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