Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

From The Toddler's Bible. V. Gilbert Beers.
Some men are nailing Jesus to a big wooden cross. He has not hurt them. But look what they are doing. Jesus died that day on the cross. He came to earth to do this. That's because He loves us so much. Jesus wants to help us live with God in heaven. When we sin, we can't go there. But Jesus died to take away our sin. He wants to be our Saviour. He will if we ask. Will you ask Him? (368-371)

From God is Great: A Toddler's Bible Storybook
Jesus died on the cross.
Some bad people put him there.
Jesus let them do it because he loves all people.
He took our punishment for the bad things we do.
Jesus' friends buried him.
But the story wasn't over.
God brought Jesus back to life!
God is more powerful than anything else, even death!
God has victory over death!

From My Story Bible by Jan Godfrey
On a lonely hill one day, Jesus was killed. He was hung on a cross between two other crosses. There were three crosses--one for a thief, one for a robber, and between them, one for Jesus, God's Son. Jesus had never done anything wrong. He had given the blind their sight and given the deaf their hearing. He loved people, helped them, and made them well. Jesus asked his Father to forgive the people who had put him on the cross. Then there was an earthquake. There was darkness in the middle of the day. The curtain in the Temple was torn in half. The sun went down and Jesus died. It was the saddest day there had ever, ever been. (Luke 23:32-49)

From The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm
And so on a small hill outside the city of Jerusalem, Jesus was nailed to a cross and died. Darkness fell upon the land. Jesus was dead. He was buried in a tomb. A big stone was rolled in front of the entrance. And the people all went home. For Jesus' followers that dark day was followed by a long night. The hours passed very slowly. Jesus' friends cried. They had thought he was the king. But now their hearts were filled with sorrow and their minds were filled with fear. "What happened?" "Why did Jesus have to die?" "Wasn't Jesus God's forever king?" The questions kept coming until the next day turned into night. As Jesus' followers tried to sleep, they thought, We will be sad forever. Will God ever rescue his people from sin? Will we ever have our place with him? Will God ever bring again his blessings on all peoples of the earth? 

From The Child's Story Bible. Catherine F. Vos.
It is very painful to you and me to see our beloved Lord hanging there on the cross, with His blood dripping down. But even though it is painful, we need to look, for He hangs there because of what we have done. His blood is being shed to pay for our sins. He loved us so much that He chose to die in our place.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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