Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19; John 12
- Jesus sent His disciples to find a donkey’s colt to ride. What did He tell the disciples to say if someone asked them why they were taking it? (“The Lord needs it,” Luke 19:31)
- Some religious leaders asked Jesus to tell His disciples to stop praising Him. How did Jesus answer them? (“If they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out”; Luke 19:40)
- Tell some of the ways that Jesus surprised the religious leaders. (He didn’t come to save from Rome but to save from sin. He didn’t just claim to be King but also to be God)
Provide each kid with green construction paper and a paint stirrer. Instruct kids to trace their hand onto their papers as many times as they can fit it. Help the kids cut out their handprints. Kids will need between six and eight handprint cutouts. Show them how to tape the handprints to the paint stirrer in an overlapping manner, with fingers pointed away from the stirrer. When they are finished, it will look like a palm branch.
SAY • People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King.
The people laid down their robes and palm branches to cover the ground in front of Jesus. They sang songs and worshiped Him. But Jesus was not the earthly king they expected. Jesus had come to set up God’s heavenly kingdom.
We can join God’s heavenly kingdom by trusting in Jesus. When we have faith that He lived a perfect life for us and died the death we deserve, God forgives our sins and gives us eternal life. When we understand who Jesus is and what He has done for us, we will want to worship Him as King, too!
Father, we give thanks that You sent Jesus to be our Savior. We’re so thankful that He is different from any other human being who ever lived. We praise Him for living a sinless life, for dying on the cross for our sins, and for rising from the dead! Thank You, God, for sending Jesus as the Messiah, our Savior King! Amen.