“June 17–23. Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19: ‘It Is Finished’” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2019 (2019)
“June 17–23. Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 19,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2019
Record Your Impressions
Let each child hold the picture from this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families. While holding the picture, each child could share something he or she knows about how Jesus died.
Little children might be upset by the accounts of Jesus’s Crucifixion. “Chapter 52: The Trials of Jesus” and “Chapter 53: Jesus Is Crucified,” New Testament Stories, 133–38, or the corresponding videos (LDS.org) provide a good model for how you might appropriately share this story with them.
Show the picture in this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families as you tell about Jesus’s trial, Crucifixion, and burial (see also Gospel Art Book, nos. 57 and 58). Invite the children to share what they know about these events. Emphasize that on the third day, Jesus was resurrected, meaning that He came back to life.
Ask the children to name some things their parents do for them that they cannot do for themselves. Show a picture of the Savior. Explain that because of Jesus, we can be resurrected—something we cannot do ourselves.
Show a picture of someone you know who has died. Share your testimony that because of Jesus that person will live again.
How will you help the children understand how to forgive those who are unkind, as Jesus did?
Share scenarios in which someone says or does something unkind. Invite the children to show how they would forgive that person.
Write words or phrases from “Help Me, Dear Father,” Children’s Songbook, 99, on the board. Invite the children to sing the song multiple times, erasing some words each time until they have learned the entire song. According to this song, whom should we forgive? Who can help us when forgiving is hard?
Search a recent issue of the Friend or Liahona to find a story about a child who forgave someone. Share this story with the children.
Although children under age eight are not yet accountable, it is important for them to start learning now how to repent of the wrong choices they make.
Summarize Luke 23:32–33, 39–43, and point out the two thieves in picture 57 in the Gospel Art Book. Explain that when the first thief made fun of Jesus, the second thief admitted that he had done something wrong—he was beginning to repent.
Read Doctrine and Covenants 19:16 to the children. Why did Jesus suffer for us?
Show the video “The Shiny Bicycle” (LDS.org). Explain that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ can help us fix our sins and mistakes and receive forgiveness.
Let the children make chalk marks on the board to represent wrong choices. Then ask them to erase the board to represent repentance. Show a picture of the Savior, and testify that we can repent because of Him.
Why are you grateful that Jesus Christ died for you? Consider how you can help the children understand the significance of the Savior’s sacrifice for them.
List key events from Matthew 27:11–66 (for help doing this, see “Chapter 52: The Trials of Jesus” and “Chapter 53: Jesus Is Crucified,” New Testament Stories, 133–38). Invite the children to study these verses and place the events in the correct order.
Show the videos “Jesus Is Condemned before Pilate” and “Jesus Is Scourged and Crucified” (LDS.org). (See also “The Atonement,” LDS.org.) Why was Jesus willing to suffer for us?
Ask a child to read Matthew 27:54, and invite the children to share things about Jesus that help them know He is the Son of God.
Ask the children what they learn about the Crucifixion from “Behold the Great Redeemer Die,” Hymns, no. 191, or another sacrament hymn.
It can be hard to forgive others. The children you teach will be blessed as they follow the Savior’s example and forgive everyone.
Invite the children to take turns reading about the soldiers being unkind to Jesus in Matthew 27:26–37 and Jesus forgiving them in Luke 23:34. (See the insight provided by the Joseph Smith Translation in Luke 23:34, footnote c.) What do we learn from Jesus’s example?
Write on the board What can you do to forgive someone who is unkind to you? Let the children take turns writing ideas on the board, such as Pray to have kind feelings toward the person or Think of something good about the person.
Invite the children to draw pictures of situations in which someone is unkind and how they would forgive that person. Let them share their drawings with the class.
This lesson is a good time to testify that because of Jesus Christ, we can repent of our sins and be forgiven.
Invite a child to read Luke 23:32–33, 39–43. Explain that the two people being crucified with Jesus were thieves. How did one of the thieves show that he was beginning to repent?
Write the following sentence on the board, leaving blanks for the italicized words: “I can be forgiven when I repent because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.” Give the children clues to help them fill in the blanks.
Invite a child to hold a bag, and fill it with small rocks as the other children name wrong choices someone could make. Help the children compare the bag to the spiritual burden we carry when we sin. How is repentance like taking rocks out of the bag?
Use the article “You Can Repent and Forgive” (Friend, Aug. 2015, 10) to teach the children how to repent.
Encourage the children to think of someone they need to forgive and decide on one thing they will do to show that person that they have forgiven him or her.