Anticipating Good Friday


As we remember our Savior’s sufferings, death. and resurrection over the next few days, I would like to share again this collection of ideas for Good Friday, the day we remember Christ’s death on the cross. Here is another opportunity to remind your children of the gospel, and a chance to build anticipation as we approach Resurrection Day!

  • Spend part of the day reading aloud the account of Jesus’s betrayal, trial, scourging, and crucifixion. Perhaps you could read different portions at breakfast, lunch, nap times, dinner, and bedtime. Start at Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, or John 18.
  • Listen to an audio recording of the stories of Jesus’s life. For $9.99 on iTunes, you can buy Vol. 6, Reclaimed! of The Bible in Living Sound. This is a collection of 60 stories of Jesus’s life (including His crucifixion and resurrection).You can also buy individual stories for 99 cents each on iTunes or all 450 Old and New Testament stories in MP3 format from Doorposts for $49. Our children grew up on these stories, and now our grandchildren are enjoying them!
  • Act out the accounts of Jesus’s betrayal, Peter’s denial, Jesus before Pilate, the crucifixion, and burial.
  • Use this great idea from Mustard Seeds. With a permanent marker, make a red mark on the top part of each family member’s hands to remind each of you of the nail wounds Jesus endured on the cross to save us. Use a fine-tip black marker to write each person’s name across their red “wound”. What a visual reminder of the fact that Jesus died for each of us! Don’t be afraid to tell your children that Jesus suffered for them!
  • Sing some of the well-known hymns that speak of Jesus’s death. (Most of these can be found with lyrics and melodies in The Cyber Hymnal. Click on the appropriate icon to view music scores.):

Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed?

At Calvary

Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Jesus Paid It All

Jesus, Priceless Treasure

Nothing But the Blood

The Old Rugged Cross

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

  • Look for a recipe online, and make hot cross buns together, or braid a batch of bread dough into a wreath, and then poke toothpicks at all angles into it to form a crown of thorns for an edible centerpiece at your table.
  • Darken the house on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Turn off or dim most of the lights and put a black tablecloth on the table. Have your children help remove any flowers or plants, and decorate with bare branches or stones instead. Leave the house dark on Saturday, and before everyone gets up on Sunday morning, redecorate with candles, plants, a bright tablecloth, and an Easter lily or other flowers.
  • Spend your day or evening laying down your lives for the sake of someone else. Help a needy family, participate in a street ministry, visit people in a rest home, etc.
  • Attend a Good Friday service together as a family.

Be sure to explain that Jesus died for us. He died to pay the penalty for our sins. He suffered for us because He loves us. That means we have the strength – in Him — to suffer and die to our own desires in order to show God’s love to others.


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  1. Wow, this is totally awesome how to honor our LORD and SAVIOR… The godly approach is far more memorable than the easter egg hunt approach in getting the message of Messiah’s love for us through His suffering for us. GOD bless you always…

  2. Are the audio stories more of a drama-type story to listen to or just a recitation of the verse verbatim from Scripture? Thanks!

  3. Andrea, the stories are dramatized, with some fictionalizing of details. Here are links for samples. (Click the yellow “Sample Audio” button under the titles.) . (This one doesn’t seem typical of what I remember of these when our kids were listening to them.)