67 Jesus on trial

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from John 18:37.

If you do something wrong, are you punished? Are you grounded, perhaps, or do you have to stay in after school, or do you have to do “time out”?

Do you ever say, “That’s not fair!”? What was the most unfair thing you can ever remember happening?

Imagine that your best friends have let you down, people are telling lies about you, you are being treated unfairly and it’s as if the whole world is against you. Which words can you think of that describe how you would feel? What would you want to do or say?


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The story so far…

Jesus was taken to the Jewish religious leaders, who questioned him and had him beaten. Then they took him to the Roman governor, Pilate.

Now read John 18:28–40 together.


What happened next…

Pilate had Jesus beaten. The soldiers dressed him up in a cloak and twisted a crown from thorny twigs to put on his head, pretending that they thought he was a king. Pilate still could not find anything that Jesus had done wrong.


Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 90 together.


Did you know…?

Chief priests Jesus was arrested by the religious leaders but they were not allowed to punish him in the way they wanted. They had to take him to the Roman governor and get him to agree with their decision: they had decided that Jesus had spoken against God and ought to die.

Pilate This man was the Roman governor. He had the power to save Jesus but he knew that the Jewish leaders and the noisy crowd wanted him dead.

Barabbas This man was in prison already. He was a bandit and a murderer and had led a rebellion against the Romans, who ruled the land. Pilate gave the crowd the choice of releasing Barabbas or Jesus – and they chose Barabbas.


Try it out

If you read the next few verses of John’s Gospel, you will see that the people in the crowd shouted that Jesus should be nailed to a cross. This is called “crucifixion”. The cross is often used as a sign in Christian churches because Jesus died in that way.

Take a rectangle of paper (about A4 size) and fold and tear it like this…


  • Fold down the top left-hand corner to meet the right-hand edge of the paper and make a firm, neat fold.
  • Fold the top point of the triangle (or the top right-hand corner) across to the bottom-left point.
  • Fold the paper in half lengthways twice.
  • Tear the paper in half lengthways, starting at the square end.
  • Unfold the paper and see what you have made!


Talk to God

Ask God to give you strength to stand up for what is right, even when it is really hard to do and others think you are wrong.

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