Special Event Series for Easter Season

Part Two of Three Lessons: Good Friday

First, Seek Him!

Life is hard, and no day was ever harder than Good Friday. And yet, these words were what Jesus told His followers in the final hours before His arrest. He was preparing their hearts. The truth of this verse was for Good Friday and for every area of our lives – including what you are going through today. What is God saying to you as you Seek Him now?

then, Speak Him!

As opportunity allows, share with those entrusted to you why and how you are choosing to say “Yes I Believe” in these difficult areas of your life. Good Friday is a reminder that pain and sorrow are never the end of the story when we believe in Jesus. Seek Him Speak Him!

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What Does The Bible Say?

This Week’s Memory Verse:  

John 14:1 – “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.” (CSB)

This Week’s Verse for Preschool Families:  John 14:1 – “Believe in God!


What Truth is God Speaking to Us?

“My Word is truth. You can believe I am who I say I am and will do what I say I will do. Your faith in Me can calm your troubled heart when life is hard.” – God


What Truth is God Speaking to Us Through His Word?

God, where are You when life is hard? How does believing in You make a difference in our lives? Give us wisdom to understand how believing in You helps when our hearts hurt. Amen!


What Can We Learn About This Truth?

Have you ever had a really bad day that something good eventually came out of? That is the kind of day that Good Friday is. It didn’t seem good when it happened. Jesus was arrested and crucified, and His followers felt so much pain and sorrow. Yet Jesus told them not to be troubled, because, for those who believe in Him, the worst day in the world would become the best day. Death and sorrow are never the story’s end when we say “Yes, I believe!” to Jesus!


What Else Does the Bible Say About This?

Palm Sunday is a celebration that Jesus is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do. He said, “I am the resurrection and the life…Do you believe this?” On Palm Sunday, the people answered His question by praising Him. This event was a celebration of their belief in Jesus!  

Yet, not everyone believed. These people thought He falsely claimed to be King and should be arrested. Trouble was brewing. So, after all the Palm Sunday celebration, things quickly changed. The people went back to their lives, while those seeking to destroy Jesus plotted how to capture Him. That Friday, Jesus quietly celebrated Passover dinner with His disciples, washing their feet and teaching them to remember Him through communion.

Suddenly, Jesus’ disciple named Judas left; the peaceful atmosphere changed. Fear flooded Jesus’ other disciples, but Jesus said, “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.” (John 14:1). Then He began to teach them more about what to believe. He explained His relationship to God the Father and the Holy Spirit. He taught them about heaven and prayer, love and kindness, suffering and joy. And then He prayed for them – and for all of us who would believe in Him (John 14-17).

Just like He had always done, Jesus pressed into His disciples’ hearts and encouraged them to believe in Him. And that night, they would definitely need strong belief in Him as Good Friday’s events continued to unfold.

Right after Passover dinner, Jesus and His disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. Judas suddenly reappeared with men carrying swords and spears. The disciples were horrified when Jesus was arrested and put on trial. As He was questioned, mocked, beaten and treated like a criminal, the disciples were so afraid. Jesus had told them to believe in Him, but how could they still believe when things were going so terribly wrong? How could something good come out of such awful events?

The disciples scattered because fear consumed them. They wrestled with what they believed about Jesus. Could He truly be who He said He was? Could He truly do what He said He would do? Even today, each of us must wrestle with our answers to these questions. Jesus tells us who He is in His Word then we must choose whether we’ll believe Him.

Pilate, the unbelieving ruler of the Jewish nation, interrogated Jesus: “Are You the King of the Jews?” (John 18:34). “‘You say that I’m a king,’ Jesus replied. ‘I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice’” (John 18:37).

Instead of listening to and believing in Jesus, Pilate hardened his heart. He did what the other unbelievers wanted him to do and sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion. They nailed Jesus to a cross as His accusers stood there mocking Him. Jesus had the power to escape this agony with the help of thousands of angels (Matthew 26:53). However, He endured it all to pay the costly price for our sins. This is salvation, His precious gift to each of us who responds to Him, “Yes, I believe!”

When Jesus said, “It is finished,” took His last breath and died (John 19:30), His followers were devastated. They had believed Jesus was the Messiah, the One who came to save us and give resurrection life. Yet, they had just watched Jesus die. Was this the end of the story?

No! Death is never the end of the story when you believe Jesus is who He says He is. Jesus told the people, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” He encouraged them, “Don’t let your heart be troubled” because they could confidently believe He would do what He said he would do.  

Good Friday was a very terrible day, but it was also very good because Jesus’ story did not end on the cross or in the tomb. Jesus’ words are true. His followers were about to experience this on Easter Sunday, and we’re going to celebrate this, too. Can you believe it?

Yes, I believe!


How Can We Live Out This Truth?

Jesus’ disciple John wrote down all that happened to Jesus so we can know the truth, saying “He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe” (John 19:35).  

And what can we believe? We can believe in Jesus for our eternity, but we can also believe in Him for our today. Jesus said our hearts don’t have to be troubled when we believe in Him. Jesus meant those words to go beyond those first disciples and into the lives of millions of people to come. When we are in the thick of pain, suffering or uncertainty, we can cling to His promise, too. Just like Good Friday, there are many things in our lives that happen that we cannot understand, yet God tells us to trust in Him. This trust involves BIG faith. We each have the choice of how we will live that out.

What you choose to believe about Jesus will define eternity for yourself and for others. The story of the crucifixion and the resurrection is the most powerful testimony as to who Jesus is. Will you believe this is true, that Jesus is who He says He is? Will you be like the disciple John and share the truth about His sacrifice and power with others?

Our relationship with Christ was never meant to be kept inside, but rather overflowing to others, especially those who do not yet know Him. When we “Seek Him” and say “Yes, I believe!”then we can “Speak Him” so others “also may believe.”


What Questions Do We Have About This?

What type of dinner happened on Good Friday?
What did Jesus do for His disciples during this dinner?
What did one of His disciples do?
How did that affect His other disciples?
What was the sad event that happened in this story?
(Jesus was betrayed, arrested, falsely accused, beaten and crucified; He died on the cross )
What do you think it felt like to watch Jesus die?
What does God want us to believe?
(His Word; that what He tells us is true; that He can do what He says He can do; that He has resurrection power; that He is life)
What hard things are happening in your life that God wants you to trust Him about?

Questions for Preschool Families:
What did Judas do to Jesus? (he brought the bad guys to find Him)
What did the unbelieving people do to Jesus? (they crucified Him)
How does it make you feel that Jesus died on the cross?
Does God want your heart to stay sad?



How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?

Worship through Prayer God, You are our Savior! You fight our battles, and, in our suffering, You are with us. You are who You say You are! We can never put into words our thankfulness for You sending Your Son Jesus. God, You are mighty, Your plans are far bigger than ours, and You are worthy of our praise! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Worship through Praise: 
“Lead me to the Cross” – by Hillsong UNITED

“At the Cross” – by Chris Tomlin

A Family Blessing

A Blessing to speak over your children…

“In the midst of pain and suffering, may you always look to Jesus. He promised that your heart doesn’t have to be troubled when you believe in Him. May you always have the faith to look to Him, every step of life’s way. In Jesus’ Name, amen!”

“In the midst of pain and suffering, may you always look to Jesus. He promised that your heart doesn’t have to be troubled when you believe in Him. May you always have the faith to look to Him, every step of life’s way. In Jesus’ Name, amen!”

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