Jesus and his friends were having a meal together. Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it. He gave it to them and said, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Jesus took a cup and giving thanks he filled it with wine. He gave it to them and said, “Drink this. It is my blood given so that sins can be forgiven.”
Afterwards Jesus went with his friends to a garden called Gethsemane. He told them to wait while he went to pray. When he was on his own he prayed really hard, “My Father, if it’s possible, may I not have to face this but I will follow your will for me.”
Judas had arranged a sign so that the soldiers who came to arrest Jesus would know which of the group of friends was Jesus. The sign was a kiss. When the soldiers came Judas went to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
Jesus was taken to Pilate, who was not sure Jesus was guilty of any crime. Pilate wanted to release Jesus, but he was afraid that the religious leaders would report him to Rome if he didn’t go along with the plot against Jesus.
“ What shall I do with Jesus?” Pilate asked the people. They answered, “Crucify him!” When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am not guilty of this man’s death,” he said. Then he handed Jesus over to be crucified.
Jesus had a red robe put on him, and a crown of thorns put on his head. They laughed at him saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!”
After making fun of him, they took him away and crucified him. His cross was placed between two criminals.
At dawn on Sunday morning, two women, both called Mary, went to the grave where Jesus’ body had been laid. It was empty. The body was gone. An angel spoke to them and said, “Don’t be afraid. Jesus is not here. He has risen.”
The two women turned to go to tell their friends what had happened when suddenly Jesus was there. The women fell at his feet and worshipped him. Jesus told them to tell the rest of his friends that he had risen from the dead. The women ran as fast as they could with this good news.