Meeting Jesus in Mark

He goes by many names. His stories legendary. His teaching transformative. 
And his life available to anyone. 
You don’t have to be religious to meet Jesus, in fact the less religious, the better. 
All you need is openness-mind or heart. And you’ll connect with him. 
Let me be a guide, connector, teacher; whichever, it’s all about Jesus. 
Take the journey with me through one of the chronicles of Jesus’ life-the Gospel of Mark.
Meeting Jesus in Mark are a series of 25-30 minute videos designed to give learners a closer look at Jesus. 
So grab a Bible and a journal and make your introduction to the man called Messiah, Son of God!

Pastor Nate Guelzow

Virtual Journey with Jesus To the Cross

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Destination One

“Gethsemane and Jesus’ Arrest”

(Matthew 26:36-56)

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit
here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with
him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is
overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is
possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch
with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into
temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be
taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he
left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look,
the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46Rise! Let us go!
Here comes my betrayer!”
Jesus Arrested
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd
armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the
betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at
once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”[d]
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’
companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting
off his ear.
52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by
the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal
more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it
must happen in this way?”
55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion that you have come out with
swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not
arrest me. 56But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.”
Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Explanation and discussion for kids under age 7 ~
Jesus missed his Father, so he went into a garden to pray to him. Later,
some soldiers came and took him away because they believed he was bad.
Jesus didn’t fight them and went even though he didn’t do anything
wrong. Talk about how it feels when you get into trouble. Talk more about
how it might feel to get in trouble for something you didn’t do. Maybe discuss
examples that you might have with your own child that he or she can
personally connect to.
Prayer: Jesus, I know that you didn’t do anything wrong. You went with
those soldiers to protect all of us who do wrong stuff all the time. Thank you
for doing that for us.
Explanation and discussion for kids over age 7 ~
Jesus was starting to feel the weight of what He needed to do and it worried
Him. So, he went into the garden so he could spend some time talking to his
dad, God, about how he was feeling. He knew that his Father would help him
have the strength to do what needed to be done. Ask your kids to give you
examples when they felt like they got in trouble for something they didn’t do.
Ask them how they think Jesus felt, knowing that he had to take on the
burden for all of our sins, even though he never did anything wrong. Talk
about what he might have been talking about with his dad while alone in the
garden that night.
Prayer: Jesus, I can’t imagine how you felt, knowing that you had to bear the
weight of everyone’s sins. I wish that you didn’t have to be in so much pain
because of me. I want you to know how sorry I am for my sins. I will do my
best to show my love by obeying God.

Destination Two

“Jesus’ Trial & Condemnation”

(Mark 15:1-15)

Jesus Before Pilate
1 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the
law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away
and handed him over to Pilate.
“Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “You have said so,” Jesus replied.
3 The chief priests accused him of many things. 4

So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t

you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”
5But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.
6 Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people
requested. 7 A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had
committed murder in the uprising. 8 The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for
them what he usually did.
“Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, 10 knowing
it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. 11But
the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.
12 “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked
13 “Crucify him!” they shouted.
14 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the
louder, “Crucify him!”
15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus
flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

Explanation and discussion for kids under age 7 ~
Jesus knew that he was in trouble. The man who was the judge, talked to
Jesus about why people said that he was a bad man. He didn’t really see why
they thought he was bad. There were people who were jealous of Jesus and
lied about him and said he was bad even though it wasn’t true. Talk about
what a lie is. What happens when someone lies? Who gets hurt with the lie?
Explain that Jesus always did the right thing and never ever lied.
Prayer: Jesus, I’m sorry that people lied about you and you got in trouble. I’m
sorry that I hurt you whenever I lie. I will do my best to tell the truth and
when I don’t, I’ll say “I’m sorry”.
Explanation and discussion for kids over age 7 ~
Jesus was on trial because Jewish leaders were angry that He said He was the
Messiah. They were very jealous and worried that Jesus would take away their
power. So, they decided that they were going to make a plan to get the Roman
government to put Jesus on trial and convict him. They did this by lieing and
getting the people who were at his trial to say they wanted Jesus to die. Ask
your kids why they think the leaders were jealous of Jesus. Talk about what it
means to be brave and how they think Jesus was brave in this situation.
Prayer: Jesus, I know there are times that I sometimes blame other people for
my problems or what I do wrong. Because of my sins, you got in trouble and
went on trial. I should be the one to be on trial and judged. I know you love
me so much that you were willing to be accused for my sins. Thank you for
loving me that much.

Destination Three

“Jesus Accepts & Carries the Cross”

(Matthew 27:27-31)

The Soldiers Mock Jesus & He Bears His Cross
27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and
gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him
and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of
thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they
knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.
30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again
and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his
own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Explanation and discussion for kids under age 7 ~
Jesus knew that he had to carry the cross. It was big and heavy. It was hard
for Jesus to carry it. Jesus carried the heavy cross without complaining once.
Prayer: Sometimes mom or dad ask me to do things at home and I complain.
Jesus, please help me not to complain. I want to keep trying, even when I find
something hard.
Explanation and discussion for kids over age 7 ~
The Roman soldiers mocked Jesus because they wanted to embarrass and
humiliate him. He let them do it, even though he didn’t deserve it. When he
picked up that heavy cross, he never complained or refused to carry it. He
willingly carried it because he knew that His Father expected him to. Have
your kids try to lift the beam. Talk about how heavy it is. Talk about how
difficult it must have been for Jesus to carry that cross all through the town
and up a big hill, especially after being beaten. Before praying, talk about how
we have Jesus to help us carry our heavy burdens.
Prayer: Father, I know there are times that I don’t want to do what I’m told.
It might be homework or chores at home. I think it isn’t fair or it’s too hard so
I’m stubborn and act out when I’m asked to do something. I’m so sorry. Please
help me to obey people in authority, even if I don’t think it’s fair or it’s too

Destination Four
“Jesus is Crucified”

(John 19:17-26)

The Crucifixion of Jesus
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17Carrying his own cross, he went out
to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There
they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus
in the middle.
19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF

20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for
the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was
written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews
protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man
claimed to be king of the Jews.”
22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them
into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining.
This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who
will get it.”
This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, “They divided
my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.”[a]

So this is what the

soldiers did.
25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the
wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there,
and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her,

here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”

From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

Explanation and discussion for kids under age 7 ~
Jesus carried a heavy cross for a very long time. He had to carry it all the way
up a hill. When he got there, the soldiers put him on the cross. His mom and
some of his friends were there and were very sad.
Prayer: Sometimes there are things that make my mom and dad sad. I know
that what happened to Jesus makes them sad. Help me to remember how
much He loves me, especially when we are sad.
Explanation and discussion for kids over age 7 ~
Jesus had to carry his own cross. It was so heavy that he fell on the way.
When he got to the top of the hill, the soldiers hung him on the cross. Before
they hung him, they took off most of his clothes and then used dice to decide
who got his clothes. His mother and some of his friends were there. They felt
horrible, watching him struggle to breathe, knowing there was nothing they
could do. Discuss how Jesus’ family and friends must have felt seeing Jesus
on the cross. Look at the cross on display at the front of the church. Talk
about how painful it must have been when they nailed Jesus to the cross.
Take one of the slips of paper near the cross and help your kids write
something they are sorry for on it; then help them nail it to the cross. Talk
about how it felt to nail that to the cross.
Prayer: Father, I know that Jesus was in a lot of pain as he carried that cross.
I know it is because of our sins that he was in that pain. I’m sorry for my sins.
I know it hurts people I love and I know it hurts you. I don’t want to hurt you
or cause anyone pain. Help me to think about what I do before I cause anyone

Destination Five
“Jesus Dies”
(John 19:28-37)

The Death of Jesus
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be
fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge
in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had
received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his
31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the
Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate
to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the
legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33But when
they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead,
one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.
35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the
truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the
scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,”[c] 37 and, as another scripture
says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”[d]

Explanation and discussion for kids under age 7 ~
Jesus was thirsty and asked for a drink. After he had a drink, He died. The
soldiers checked to make sure that he was dead so they poked him in his side.
People who wrote about Jesus a long time before he was born said that one
day when Jesus died, that he would have a hole in his side.
Prayer: Jesus, I’m sorry that you had to die for me. Thank you for always
forgiving me. I love you. If I want to be bad, help me to do the right thing.
Explanation and discussion for kids over age 7 ~
Jesus was hanging on the cross and near death. Jesus said he was thirsty so
they gave him a drink of wine vinegar that tasted bitter. After he drank, he
died. Because they wanted to make sure he was dead, the soldiers pierced him
in his side with a sword. Many of the things that happened to Jesus while on
the cross was written about in the Old Testament. Go to the kneelers where
we take communion and kneel. Tell your kids that you will take a minute to
think about what it means that Jesus died for us. Discuss the lamb that is on
the front of the altar and what it means when we call Jesus, “the lamb of
Prayer: Jesus, I’m so sorry that you had to die for me. I feel bad that you had
to taste the bitterness of my sins. Help me to remember that you died so that
I wouldn’t have to receive the punishment. Thank you for getting that
forgiveness for me. I love you.

Destination Six

“Jesus Taken off Cross & Put in Tomb”

(Luke 23:50-56)

The Burial of Jesus
50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good
and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He
came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for
the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then
he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the
rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and
the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with Jesus
from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was
laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But
they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Explanation and discussion for kids under age 7 ~
A friend of Jesus’ by the name of Joseph, wanted to make sure that Jesus had
a place to be buried. Some friends of Josephs’ didn’t like Jesus and were glad
that he was dead. Joseph was sad that he died so he asked for permission to
take him. He brought him to his tomb and wrapped him in cloth before laying
him in there.
Prayer: Jesus, sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing. I might worry that
someone will get mad at me. Help me to do the right thing, even if someone
may not like it. I love you.

Explanation and discussion for kids over age 7 ~
One of the religious leaders by the name of Joseph, who did not agree with
the decision to kill Jesus, was there when he died. He asked Pontius Pilate
for his body so he could bury him in his own tomb. He took great care with
Jesus, wrapping him in a cloth before placing him in the tomb and sealing it.
Look into the “tomb” and see the burial cloths over Jesus’ body. Talk about
how it would feel to see him lying there, knowing he was really gone. Talk
about how Joseph loved Jesus so much that he wanted to make sure he was
properly buried, even if the people he knew wouldn’t agree.
Prayer: Jesus, sometimes there are people who need to be stood up for and I
might be afraid to stand up for them. Help me to have the courage to do what
is right, even if I’m afraid to. You stood up for me. Thank you. I love you.

Virtual Journey to the Cross Supplies

Station One – Garden of Gethsemane & Jesus’ Arrest : Bible, Pillow, Toy Sword
Station Two – Jesus’ Trial & He is Condemned to Death: (Rope, toy handcuffs)
Station Three – Jesus Accepts the Cross Jesus Carries the Cross: Thorny piece of bush or
a toy crown
Station Four – Jesus is Crucified: Dice, Cross, hammers, nails, sign that says: Jesus of
Nazareth – King of the Jews)
Station Five – Jesus Dies: Sponge, vinegar, spear
Station Six – Jesus Taken off the Cross & Put in Tomb: Spices, perfume, sheet

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