Today’s Bible story describes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem during Passover week, riding on a donkey like the prophet Zechariah foretold. (Zech. 9:9) The people welcoming Jesus with palm branches believed He would overthrow Roman oppression and be an earthly king. Jesus sent a different message when He arrived in Jerusalem.
Jesus entered the temple complex. He turned over the tables of the money changers and those selling doves. Jesus said the temple was supposed to be a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:6-7), declaring His kingship would be over all people, not just the Jews. Jesus healed the blind and the lame. Jesus wasn’t just an earthly king; He was God! (Isa. 35:4-6)
Help kids connect the dots between God’s promises of a Messiah and Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. How did the people act when they saw Jesus? The people welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King. Celebrate why Jesus came: to save the world from sin!
Materials: Bible, jackets, branches (Palm Branch) , on sturdy back.
Prepare for your reenactment of Jesus’ triumphal entry by spreading the jackets out and giving the children branches.
Read John 21:1-17
Say: Great kings usually rode into town on a horse driven chariot. Jesus, however was not that kind of king. He would not rule the kind of kingdom the people were expecting. He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey as the prophet Zechariah prophesied.
Ask: What might be some reasons Jesus chose to enter Jerusalem this way?
Say: While the people arrived in Jerusalem with their lambs for the Passover, Jesus our Passover Lamb, was showing Himself to His people. After His entry into Jerusalem, Jesus headed to the temple. Earthly kings would be gone to their palaces, but Jesus instead went to His Father’s house-the temple. Even the children could not help but shout
“HOSANNA to the SON OF DAVID”
Reenact today’s Bible story. Let your children play Jesus and ride a parents back, while the other children can wave branches and shout Hosanna! Encourage your young child to plan your family’s own Praise Parade for Jesus—in your house, backyard, or maybe up and down the sidewalk. Make color copies of the palm branch. Others may use crepe paper and attach color streamers to a dowel rod or baton. Others can use real musical instruments (or make simple drums or horns out of kitchen items).
Family Worship: Check out Yancy: Hosanna Rock!
Talk with your child about the excitement that must have been in the air that day!
• Why did the people honor Jesus?
• What do you think Jesus was thinking and feeling?