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Good Friday Devotions

You have been moving the students in your group to help the non-Christian students at their school ask the question: What's So Good About Good Friday? Now let's get them thinking about all that Jesus went through on their behalf.

Here are two devotions that you can use to get them into God's world to "rub up against" the life of our Savior on His way to the cross.

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Good Friday Meditation

Read the Good Friday story from Matthew 27:27-66, or from a parallel passage. Then have the kids form small groups of two or three people and give each group an index card with one of the following phrases written on it: 
THE ROPE THAT BINDS 
THE FIST THAT STRIKES 
THE ROBE 
THE WHIP 
THE CROWN OF THORNS 
THE CROSS 
THE NAILS 
THE HAMMER 
THE SPEAR 
THE EARTH SUPPORTING THE CROSS 
THE TOMB 
THE ROCK SEALING THE TOMB 

Have the kids write out thoughts about what it would have been like on Good Friday to have been the object identified on their card. For example: "If you had been the whip that was used on Jesus and could talk, how would you describe your feelings on Good Friday?" Allow 30 to 45 minutes for thought, then reassemble as a large group to share what was written. Dim the lights to provide a more serious setting, and end with reflective prayer that allows the kids' feelings to emerge. 
David Washburn

 

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Good Friday Scramble

For a Good Friday devotional, list each of the following events of that day (as recorded in Matthew 27) on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper (the verse numbers are for your eyes only - they shouldn't be written on the sheets):

JESUS TAKEN TO PILATE (vv. 1-20) 
JUDAS KILLS HIMSELF (3-10) 
JESUS TRIED BY PILATE (11-14) 
RELEASE BARABBAS OR JESUS? (15-26) 
SOLDIERS MOCK AND BEAT JESUS (27-31) 
SIMON OF CYRENE FORCED TO HELP CARRY THE CROSS (32) 
CRUCIFIXION (33-35) 
SOLDIERS GAMBLE FOR JESUS' CLOTHES (35) 
ONLOOKERS MOCK JESUS AS HE HANGS (39-44) 
DARKNESS FALLS AT NOON (45) 
"MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?" (46) 
JESUS' DEATH (50) 
TEMPLE CURTAIN TEARS IN TWO (51) 
JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA BURIES JESUS (57-60)

Before you distribute the sheets to your kids, ask them if they can name some of the specific events that happened on that first Good Friday. Then ask for as many volunteers as you have sheets of paper to each take a sheet and stand in front of the group. Then let the volunteers attempt to arrange themselves in the proper sequence, with the help of the rest of the group. Some are obvious; others take real thought.

When kids feel as if they've got them all in order, read Matthew 27:1-61. As you read, let the kids correct out-of-order events. Follow up with a discussion of why Good Friday is called good when, after all, it was humanly such a dreadful day. Perhaps individuals could share what is special to them about Good Friday. The entire activity takes about 20 to 30 minutes. 
Steve Allen

Reprinted from Ideas Library CD-ROM Version 2.0, copyright 2002 by Youth Specialties, Inc., 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020. www.YouthSpecialties.com  Used by permission.


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