Saturday: Temple Building

Saturday: Temple Building

Mark 15:33-47

The Death of Jesus

33 When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land[a] until three in the afternoon. 34 At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”[b] 35 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” 36 And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he[c] breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”[d]

40 There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

The Burial of Jesus

42 When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44 Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. 45 When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. 46 Then Joseph[e] bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body,[f] wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body[g] was laid.

The night before Jesus died he sat down with his disciples to celebrate Passover. This meal was celebrated by the Jewish people to remember when God protected the Israelites during the final plague in Egypt (Exodus 11 & 12). During this particular meal Jesus breaks bread and tells his disciples “this is my body given for you” and then holds up the cup saying “this cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you”. These are similar words to what we use today when we celebrate communion. They remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

Activity: Temple building

Resources: cloth

Use lego or blocks and the cloth to show what the temple must have looked like after the curtain had been torn in two.