The Easter Story of Jesus
Submitted by: Susanna
Tell the story of Jesus in a simple way.
A long time ago there was a man named Jesus who did many good things and never did any bad things.
Many people loved Jesus and wanted to make him King. This made the king and the church leaders very angry.
One Sunday, Jesus and his friends walked to the capital city, Jerusalem. They went there because they were going to celebrate a special holiday called Passover. Jesus rode a donkey into the city. When they arrived, many people were waiting for him. They waved palm branches and shouted, “hosanna!” in celebration of his arrival. They were really happy to see him.
Several days later was Passover day. His friends rented a room and they had a special supper of flat bread and lamb, and drank wine from a cup.
A man named Judas left quietly at that time, because Judas was going to betray Jesus.
Judas had already made a deal with the church leaders that he would bring Jesus to them so that they could punish him.
After the special dinner, Jesus and his friends went to a garden. Jesus was really sad because he knew what was going to happen. He walked away by himself so he could be alone and pray to God. He cried, because he knew he was going to die soon.
Then, Judas walked into the garden with a group of guards, walked up to Jesus and kissed him on the cheek. This was the sign to the guards that Jesus was the person they should arrest. They took him to a prison, where he was beaten with a whip and terrible things were said about him.
Judas got paid thirty pieces of silver for turning in Jesus. But after everything that happened, he felt so terrible that he threw the silver back at the church leaders.
Back at the prison, the soldiers made Jesus a crown out of thorns to wear on his head. It hurt a lot! They put a purple robe on him and said, “Look, he’s a king!” and laughed.
After that, Jesus talked with the Roman leader of the area, Pilate. Many people were there, shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” That meant that they wanted Jesus to die on a cross. In the end, Pilate decided to do what the people said and crucify Jesus. So Jesus had to carry a big, heavy cross all the way up to the top of a hill. He was nailed to the cross and put up for everyone to see.
Since he had been wearing a beautiful purple robe, the soldiers who put Jesus on the cross played a gambling game to see who would get to keep the robe.
Jesus said, “I’m thirsty.” So a soldier lifted up a sponge soaked in vinegar. Jesus drank it. Soon after that, Jesus died.
They took Jesus down from the cross and put him in a cave. To protect the cave, they rolled a big stone in front of it. It was such a heavy stone that several men were needed to move the stone.
Three days later, two women that were Jesus’ friends went to the cave to put perfume on his body. When they got close, they said to each other, “The stone is too big for us to move by ourselves. What can we do?" But when they arrived, the stone had already been moved!
They ran inside the cave, but Jesus wasn’t there! The only thing left was the cloth he had been wrapped in!
The women were frightened and surprised. "Did someone steal his body?" "Why would they do that?"
But then an angel spoke, “He’s not here. He’s alive!”
The women looked at each other. Alive? How could that be?
It was a miracle! Jesus had risen from the dead. Later he visited his friends and told them that he was going to heaven to make it wonderful for them. Jesus said goodbye and went up to heaven.
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