So part of God's story is about Easter, and it begins like this:
Remember how the Jewish nation of Israel, God's special family, were waiting for a king to come rescue them? Well, Jesus was the king and this rescue was the whole reason he came to Earth.
So one night, Jesus told his friends about the rescue. Exciting, right? But talking about this rescue was sad. That's because Jesus was going to rescue the world by dying. Every mean or bad thing we do deserves punishment. By dying, Jesus took our punishment.
Talking about the rescue made Jesus sad. Thankfully, we can talk with God when we're sad, so Jesus took a few friends into a garden to pray.
In the garden, a guy named Judas, who people thought was Jesus' friend, came with some people to help arrest Jesus. Peter, one of Jesus' true friends, was so mad he cut off a servant's ear with his sword. But Jesus didn't want his friends to hurt others. So Jesus healed the ear and let them arrest him.
Then Jesus was taken to trial. One of the most powerful men in the city, Pontius Pilate, wanted to let Jesus go. But many of the people wanted Jesus to die. They didn't believe he was the Son of God-or any kind of king. Even after all the miracles Jesus did, like healing sick people and making blind people see, they didn't believe in him.
The people were so mad, they started yelling, "Kill Him!" So Pontius Pilate let the soldiers take Jesus. The soldiers made fun of the idea that Jesus was a king. They put a crown of thorns on His head and nailed him to a cross. Many people watched. But not all of them wanted Jesus to die. His mother and close friends were there too. Just imagine how they must have felt! (Story continues on next card)