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Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19
It is Finished

Lesson Ideas:

1) Jesus Is Crucified

For easy printing and class use, I compiled the key events of Jesus’s crucifixion. You can print, cut and handout the story so that you may read it together as a class.

  • Why are you grateful that Jesus Christ died for you?
  • What do we learn from Jesus’s example to forgive others?

2) Building a foundation of repentance

Have a child draw a house on the chalkboard. Pass out the bricks and discuss “How to build a strong foundation of forgiveness at home?” These ideas can be:

  • forgiving each other often
  • doing something kind for another
  • pray for help to forgive others
  • forgive yourself
  • talk about feelings with loved ones
  • remember how the Savior forgave others
  • read talks from the prophets.

The children can write their ideas on the bricks.

3) The three rulers: Caiaphas, Pilate, & Herod

Assign three children as Caiaphas, Pilate, and Herod. Have them stand in different spots in the classroom. Have another child represent Jesus as he appeared before these rulers. That child stands before each child while they speak the following words:

* After the last child reads, have the children return to their seats.

Children often face real life situations that are difficult. I included on the printout a few examples. Christ was judged of others, yet was forgiving. How can the children learn forgiveness in the situations they face? Let the class decide what would be the right thing to do.

4) Though your sins be as scarlet, they can be as white as snow.

Have two children draw pictures where someone is unkind to someone else.

Stealing someone’s cat
Breaking a window on a house
Robbing a bank

As the two kids are drawing, ask the class some questions?

1) What can you do to forgive someone who is unkind to you?

2) Who is able to be forgiven?

3) How did Jesus teach forgiveness?

Once the children are done drawing, point to the pictures and have the class guess what they drew. Guessing the drawings should be fun. Ask the class what happens when you repent? The answer should be that your sins our forgiven. With that, have someone erase the chalkboard or the sins that were drawn.

5) Story: Shrug off sins – hard work and repentance

A story that someone told me on my mission. I’ve taken what I remember and written it down. It gives a good feeling of repentance. I’ve shortened it because of limited class teaching time

We are the donkey and the Farmer is Jesus. Although we struggle with sin and sometimes fall into a deep pit, the Savior has provided a way for us to be saved. It is not easy, but we can do it. If we shrug of the dirt that is thrown at us and stomp on it or put it behind us, we can repent and rise up.

6) Bruised, broken, and torn for us

Tell the story of Christ’s crucifixion and how it affects people all around the world. Even those from the Book of Mormon that lived on the American continent.

7) Picture and Scripture match game

I took the sheet from churchofjesuschrist.org and resized it the way I want to use it. With bigger pictures.

8) A Story of Forgiveness by Elder Larry J. Echo Hawk