Bible Lesson of the Week: Practicing Patience

This week in Bible enrichment class, our kids are learning about the arrest, persecution, and crucifixion near the end of Jesus’ life.  In John 18, Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, led the Roman soldiers to the place where Jesus and his disciples were located.  When they found Jesus, they had him arrested.  As he was being taken away, Simon Peter drew his sword and cut off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave.  Jesus quickly responded to Peter by saying, “Put your sword back into its sheath.  Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?”  This is the first example of Jesus exhibiting patience instead of combating the undue persecution he was about to face.

Later when Jesus is on trial, Pontius Pilate asks him what he has done to deserve being put on trial.  Instead of lashing out against the Romans, Jesus calmly answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom.  If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders.  But my kingdom is not of this world.”  Jesus is making the point that if it were God’s will, he would fight against the trial and ultimate crucifixion he faced.  Ultimately though, he understood that by being patient and letting the crucifixion take place, God’s greater plan of establishing his Kingdom in Heaven would be achieved.

Our hope this week is that our kids see this example of Jesus and realize that sometimes even when things are tough, the best thing to do is to be patient and let the story play out to the fulfillment of the plan that God has for us.  As Hebrews 6:12 eloquently says, “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”

Scripture References:
John 18 and 19
Hebrews 6: 1-12