It’s the week before Easter when we remember God’s plan for redemption, which began before creation, that culminated with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus was welcomed as King but days later was crucified by the people. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and subsequent resurrection provided salvation for sinners and restores our relationship with God.
This week in Kids City, we learned about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem! We got to act out the story in our worship time by waving our own palm branches and singing, “Hosanna!” as Mr. Erik (playing Jesus) rode on top of Mr. Schmitty (playing the donkey) into our worship room (pretend Jerusalem). It was a pretty awesome and hilarious day!
Our key verse helps remind us why we celebrate Easter. Our key verse for this unit is Luke 24:5-6, which says, “‘Why are you looking for the living among the dead?’ asked the men. ‘He is not here, but He has been resurrected!’”
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
The Big Picture Question is a great way to review the Bible story and unit with your children. Our Big Picture Question for this unit is: Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin.
The Main Point of each lesson helps us to remember the Bible story easily. These short statements are easy to remember with the hope that your children will share it with their friends throughout the week. Share with your children that this week’s main point is People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King.
This week’s Bible story comes from Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19. This story can be found on page 246 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Here’s a quick summary of the story to use with the Bible reading.
It was time for the Israelites to celebrate Passover. Many Israelites had traveled to Jerusalem to remember what God had done for them when He rescued His people from slavery in Egypt. Jesus and His disciples traveled to Jerusalem, too.
Jesus sent two of His disciples ahead into a village. He said, “Go into the village ahead of you. There you will find a young donkey tied there. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says anything to you, you should say that the Lord needs it.”
The disciples did what Jesus asked. They brought the donkey to Jesus, threw their robes onto the donkey, and helped Jesus get on it. As Jesus came to Jerusalem, a large crowd gathered. They spread their robes along the road and spread palm branches cut from the fields.
The whole crowd of the disciples praised God with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen. “The King who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed one. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven! Hosanna to the Son of David!” The word hosanna means “save now”.
The religious teachers did not like it. They asked Jesus to tell His friends to be quiet. “If they didn’t praise Me,” Jesus said, “the rocks would cry out!”
The next day, Jesus went to the temple complex in Jerusalem and drove out everyone buying and selling in the temple. While Jesus was in the temple complex, people who were blind and people who were lame came to Him. Jesus healed them.
Other religious leaders saw Jesus’ miracles and heard the children saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” or “Our king is here!” They were angry and asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying? They are saying you are king!” Jesus said, “Yes. Even the children will praise Me.”
Jesus left them and went to the town of Bethany to spend the night.
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- To which city were Jesus and His friends traveling? (Jerusalem)
- What animal did Jesus ride into Jerusalem? (Donkey)
- What did the people lay on the road? (Their coats and palm branches)
- Were the religious teachers happy that people were praising Jesus? (No, they were angry.)
- Why were Jesus and His disciples going to Jerusalem? (To celebrate Passover)
- How many disciples did Jesus send ahead to the village? (Two)
- On what type of animal did Jesus ride into Jerusalem? (A donkey)
- What two items did the crowds spread on the road? (Robes and palm branches)
- What did the people say when Jesus rode into the city? (Hosanna)
- What did Jesus say would praise Him if His disciples did not? (The rocks)
- Where did Jesus go when He was in Jerusalem? (The temple)
- What did Jesus do at the temple? (He drove out everyone buying and selling in the temple)
- Who praised Jesus at the temple? (Children)
- Jesus fulfilled the words of which prophet? (Zechariah)
- Who saves us from our sin? (Only Jesus saves us from our sin.)
God loves when we worship Him and it’s so important for kids to see their parents worship. Now is a great time to worship together as a family. You can sing a personal favorite or you can use this lyrics video to sing Hosanna.
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
The people were happy to see Jesus. They knew He was their King. Jesus came riding on a donkey, just as the prophet Zechariah said He would. (Zechariah 9:9) One day, Jesus will come back, riding on a white horse as King over everything. (Revelation 19:11)
During Jesus’ triumphal entry, the people welcomed Him as King. Jesus was the Messiah spoken about by the prophet Zechariah: “Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). One day, Jesus will return to earth on a white horse as King over everything. (Revelation 19:11)
Pray and thank God for sending Jesus as the true King to save us from our sins. Thank Him that He always keeps His promises. Ask for obedience as we wait for the day when He will come back and rescue us forever.