Bible Story Craft for The Crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ
1. For the whip, the best is a leather strip, or brown construction paper or brown paint, felt pen or crayon.
2. For the crown of thorns, any prickly stem that can be bent into the shape of a crown, or construction paper and whatever color you like for the thorns and stem.
3. For the scarlet robe, a piece of scarlet material in the shape of the drawing, or dark red construction paper, or dark red paint, felt pen or crayon.
4. For the cross-beam and pole, pieces of wood are best, or brown construction paper, or brown paint, felt pen or crayon.
5. For the sign, construction paper and your choice of color.
First of all explain to the children how the Lord Jesus told his disciples that he knew that he would be betrayed and sentenced to death. Explain how he knew that he would be mocked, whipped, and crucified. This is so important because the Lord Jesus knew all the things he would suffer for us.
1. Have a long, thin, piece of leather, or trace the drawing on brown construction paper, or cut out the drawing and color it brown. Explain how, after the Lord Jesus was arrested, Pilate had him whipped.
2. If you have some prickly stems, wind them into a circle and fasten them so they look like a crown. Or trace the drawing on construction paper and color it, or color the drawing as you think it should be. Explain to the children how the soldiers that whipped the Lord Jesus made a crown of thorns, and put it on his head.
3. If you have some scarlet material, cut it in the shape of the drawing, or trace the drawing on dark red construction paper, or color it dark red. Explain how the soldiers put the robe on Jesus after they whipped him and mocked him saying “Hail, King of the Jews” Explain how they did not understand that the Lord Jesus really is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
4. Have a piece of wood in the shape of a beam, or trace the drawing on brown construction paper or color it brown. Explain how the Lord Jesus was forced to carry his cross, but how a man named Simon was commanded to carry the cross. This was no doubt because the Lord Jesus was very weak from all he had gone through.
5. Have another piece of wood for the upright pole, or trace the drawing on brown construction paper or color it brown. Fasten the cross beam to the upright beam.. Explain how the Lord Jesus hands and feet were nailed to the cross. Tell how the crown of thorns, and the nails would have made him bleed, and tell how it is the by the shedding of his precious blood that washes away our sins when we receive the Lord Jesus as our Saviour.
6. For the sign, use the example, and draw a rectangle on a piece of construction paper, and print “King of the Jews” on it. Cut it out and fasten it to the top of the cross. Explain how Pilate had this saying put on the cross in three languages.
Then, perhaps in another lesson, using the materials, tell the children all the sayings of the Lord Jesus on the cross, how it became dark for three hours when he took upon himself the penalty for the sins of the world, and finally how he said “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit, it is finished” and gave up his spirit. It is so important that they understand that Jesus gave up his spirit of his own free will, he did not die by his sufferings. Also tell them about the two who were crucified with him, and how the one who acknowledge Jesus as Lord was promised that he would be with the Lord Jesus that very day in paradise.