Lesson Title: Luke’s Holy Week
Scripture: Luke 22:14-23; Luke 23:26-56
Our theme is SUFFERING


What’s happening in this story? 

While the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and death is covered in every gospel, Luke in particular emphasizes the physical and social reality of death on the cross.  For instance, whereas John sometimes uses metaphorical terms to describe the crucifixion (Jesus is ‘lifted up’), Luke wants to emphasize that Jesus fully understands suffering, pain, mockery, and death.  Simply put, there is nothing we can experience that is beyond the experience of God. 

What does this story mean for kids? 

Kids are likely to have a lot of questions: Why did God let this happen?  Did Jesus really die?  Is this a good or a bad story?  Such questions have been asked since the crucifixion itself.  Kids will likely be troubled by Jesus’ suffering and may ask how suffering shows love.  There are at least two ways in which you might respond:  First, we learn that God’s power and grace are bigger than anything that can happen in the world – even death.  Second, we learn that Jesus understands our pain and suffering.  This includes bullying, abuse, teasing, betrayal, and loss taken to the greatest extreme.  Kids need to know that Jesus intimately understands and can empathize with whatever pain they might go through.  

Why this theme?  

Jesus experienced deep, terrible suffering.  He knows what it’s like to suffer and can empathize with us when we go through tragedy or difficult times.  Jesus’ suffering was real, and it shows us God’s great love for us.  
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Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.