The day before Passover, Jesus told His disciples he would be crucified in two day. (Matthew 26:1-2) How do you think the disciples responded? They couldn’t believe it, they were in a state of denial, possibly thinking, how could this be? “Let’s get out of here, so this won’t happen.” But Jesus assures them that this is the right thing to happen, it is all part of the big plan.
Chief priests conspired to kill Jesus (Matthew 26:3-5)
Jesus visited the house of Simon the leper. A woman anointed Jesus in preparation for HIs death (Matthew 26:6-13; BD, “Simon”)
Judas Iscariot arranged to betray Jesus to the chief priests (Luke 22:3-6; BD “Judas”). He sells the identity of Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, the price of a slave. Judas was the treasurer of the twelve apostles. He knew they were low of funds. Perhaps he thought that Jesus could get out of this situation and that it wouldn’t lead to his death.
It is interesting to think about how Jesus, a poor man sold as a slave would pay the price for ALL mankind.
~ Discuss with your family a time when you were told about something sad. How did you respond? How did you feel? How did you cope?