In This Passage: Jesus is put on trial before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. Although Pilate doesn’t think Jesus is guilty, he bows to pressure when the crowd chants “Crucify him!” Soldiers take Jesus’ clothes and mock him by putting a scarlet robe and a crown of thorns on him. They hit him and spit on him. Then they take him away to be crucified. Because he suffered, Jesus understands suffering.
Bible Point: Jesus understands suffering.
Summary Verse: “He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care” (Isaiah 53:3).
TALK About It Video
Discuss and Watch -- “I Understand”
Say: Jesus went through a lot of suffering, so Jesus understands suffering. He understands what it’s like when we feel sad, lonely, or scared. As we watch this reflective video, think about how you relate to what the kids are saying.
Watch “I Understand.” When instructed, pause the video, and discuss these questions.
Ask: • Which of the feelings described is something you’ve felt?
Tell about a specific time you felt one of those feelings. Share your own example first.
How are negative feelings like being torn up?
Say: When you feel sad, scared, or lonely, you’re not the only one. Other people have felt that way, too. But no other person can completely understand your hurts…except Jesus.
Play the rest of “I Understand.”
Ask: • How did you feel hearing that Jesus understands all your hurts?
Say: Jesus really does understand our hurts because he went through everything that video talked about. He’s been ignored. His friends walked away from him. Not everyone picks him. People made fun of him and laughed at him. And he even went through more than that—people whipped him and hurt him. Jesus understands suffering, and he can bring understanding and healing when we feel hurt.
BIBLE LESSON Story Video
“He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care”