Do you remember what happened to Jesus? He was crucified on a cross. Right before Jesus died, he said, “It is finished.” And then he died. When Jesus died, even the sun went out. Even though it was the middle of the day, the sky went dark (Luke 23:44-45). There was a great earthquake in the land (Matt. 28:51-54). The death of God’s only son was a huge event for the whole universe.
After Jesus was dead, the soldiers came and took his body off of the cross. They gave it to one of his followers, a man named Joseph of Arimathea. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus wrapped the body of Jesus in grave clothes like the ones Lazarus wore and they put his body into a tomb. Then they rolled a big stone across the tomb. Some of the Jews thought that Jesus’ followers might try to steal his body and pretend that he rose from the dead like he said he would. They asked the governor to seal the stone shut and put a guard in front of it. So the governor did (Matt. 27:62-66). Now Jesus’ body was dead and sealed into the cave. The disciples and all of Jesus’ friends were very sad. They wept. They still didn’t understand that Jesus had to die for our sins. They didn’t know that when Jesus said, “It is finished,” he meant he had done what had to be done for us to be saved. They missed Jesus and they cried because he was dead.
How would you feel? What will happen next, do you think?
Dear Jesus, You died on the cross and you were buried in the tomb. You had the very greatest love, because you gave up your life for us. We love you, Jesus. Amen.
Activity: Take Jesus off of the cross and put him in the tomb. Put the disciples to one side to mourn.