INTRODUCE THE STORY

Ask this Opening Question: “If we could invite someone to our home today, who would you invite?” What could we do to make them feel welcome?

Connect to the lesson:  Today’s Bible story is about how people welcomed Jesus when He entered Jerusalem about a week before He died on the cross. In today’s Bible story, Jesus and His disciples were heading to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Passover was a special feast to celebrate the night when God delivered His people from Egypt. The Israelites put lamb’s blood over the doorposts on their houses. God passed over, and He kept the firstborn sons of Israel safe during the last plague. 

Teach the Story

Open up your Bible to Matthew 21:1-17 to show your kids where this story is found.

 

Watch this video for 3 year olds-2nd grade:
Watch this video for K-5th:

Christ Connection: During Jesus’ triumphal entry, the people welcomed Him as King. Jesus was the Messiah spoken about by the prophet Zechariah

Experience THE STORY

Talk together. The people welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King, but do you think they really understood what kind of a king Jesus was going to be? During that time, the Jewish people were under control of the Roman Empire. They wanted Jesus to free them from Rome and set up His kingdom on earth. Jesus did not come to earth to set up His own government though. God had a different plan for Jesus. Jesus is God’s Son. He never sinned, but He came to earth to die on the cross and rise again on the third day so we can be forgiven when we trust in Him. What are some ways we can celebrate Jesus every day?

Read “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 together. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16  

Heavenly Father, we turn to You in prayer and not panic in response to this pandemic. We praise You as our Almighty Creator and Sustainer. You are the author of our days, our refuge and strength.

Heavenly Father, we turn to You in prayer and not panic in response to this pandemic. We praise You as our Almighty Creator and Sustainer. You are the author of our days, our refuge and strength.

Activity Sheet & Coloring Page

Game — “Palm Relay”:  (Supplies: 4 sheets of green Paper)

Rules:  Play a relay game with paper sheets representing palm branches and coats. Form even teams and guide kids to line up on one end of the room. Give each team two sheets of paper. Explain that each team should send one kid at a time across the room and back before the next kid can go. Kids travel across the room by stepping on one sheet of paper while picking up the other and putting it in front of them. The first team to have everyone complete the relay wins.

Connect to the lesson:  People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King. They laid down their robes and palm branches along the road for Jesus’ donkey to step on. They believed that Jesus had come to rescue them from the Romans, but Jesus humbly came to earth to rescue people from sin. Less than a week later, Jesus died on the cross and rose again to rescue us from our sin when we trust in Him. One day, Jesus will return as a King, riding on a white horse.

Memory Verse Passage – 10 Commandments

Listen to the Ten Commandment Song

1. Do not have any other gods besides me.

2. Do not make an idol for yourself.

3. Do not misuse the name of the Lord.

4. Remember the Sabbath Day.

5. Honor your father and mother.

6. Do not murder.

7. Do not commit adultery.

8. Do not steal.

9. Do not give false testimony.

10. Do not covet anything.

Close your time together with a dance party with this fun rendition of the 10 Commandments, listen to this song.

Appendix

Guess Who?: After reviewing the Bible story with the kids, invite them to play a guessing game. Share that you will describe someone from the story and they should guess who it is.
Clues:
Jesus sent us into a village. (two disciples; Matt. 21:1; Mark 11:1; Luke 19:29)
We put our robes on the donkey. (the disciples; Matt. 21:7; Mark 11:7; Luke 19:35)
We placed robes and palm branches along the road. (the people; Matt. 21:8; Mark 11:8; Luke 19:36; John 12:13)
We wanted the disciples to be quiet. (the religious leaders, Luke 19:39)
We were run out of the temple. (the buyers and sellers, Matt. 21:12)
Jesus healed us. (the blind and lame, Matt. 21:14)
We were upset by what we saw in the temple. (the religious leaders, Matt. 21:15)
One day, I will triumphantly come again–this time, riding on a white horse as King of Kings and Lord of lords! (Jesus; Rev. 19:11)
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