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Palm Sunday

Easter Family Guide

Sunday, March 28, 2021

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The Story

My Time Has Come.

The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday—the day Jesus entered Jerusalem as the King of kings the week of Passover. Many of God’s people traveled to Jerusalem for Passover. Jesus and His disciples traveled to Jerusalem as well. Near Bethphage (BETH fayj) and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples ahead into a village.
Jesus told them, “You will find a young donkey tied there. No one has ever sat on it. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” Jesus would fulfill Zechariah’s prophecy: “Look, your King is coming to you ... humble and riding on a donkey” (Zech. 9:9). Next ➡️
Jesus made a spectacular entrance into the city. He rode a donkey, and people laid branches and their robes on the ground in front of Him. The people welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem believed He was the promised Messiah, but they expected Him to overthrow Roman oppression and set up an earthly throne. Jesus sent a different message.
The next day, Jesus entered the temple and turned over the tables of the money changers and those selling doves. Jesus referred to Isaiah 56:7, declaring that His kingship would not just be over the Jews but over all people.
While Jesus was in the temple, He healed the blind and the lame. Jesus’ actions declared, “I am not just your King; I am also your God.” (See Isa. 35:4-6.)
Finally, the priests and the scribes heard the children in the temple worshiping Jesus as their King. “Do You hear what these children are saying?” they asked. Jesus replied, quoting Psalm 8:2. Jesus gladly received their praise because He was worthy of their praise. Jesus is the Son of God who came to overthrow sin and set up an eternal throne.
As you prepare for and celebrate Easter, help your preschoolers - kindergarteners connect the dots between God’s promises of a Messiah and Jesus’ coming. Help them understand why Jesus came: to save the world from sin!

Bible Story Video

SAY • The Bible is the most important book there is because the Bible is the only book that has God’s words in it. All God’s words are true. Today’s Bible story comes from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—all four Gospels. The Gospels tell about Jesus’ life on earth.

CHRIST CONNECTION • 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)

Preschool & Elementary

Family Activities:

Praise with maracas

Guide a preschooler to spoon dry rice into one side of a plastic egg. Close the egg and wrap colorful tape around the egg.  Play music while preschoolers shake their maracas.

SAY

"We praised Jesus with music and instruments. The children in our Bible story praised Jesus saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” People welcomed Jesus as their King. Jesus is worthy of our praise."

Follow the Robes

Designate one side of the room to be Jerusalem. Choose one family member to be the donkey while the rest of the family is the “crowd”. Lead a child from the crowd to lay a shirt on the floor. The donkey will crawl to the shirt. Then another child will lay down another shirt for the donkey to move to. Family members will continue laying down shirts for the donkey to follow to Jerusalem.

Say

Jesus came riding on a donkey to Jerusalem, just as the prophet Zechariah said He would. The crowd laid their robes on the road in front of Him. People welcomed Jesus as their King. The people were happy to see Jesus. One day, Jesus will come back, riding on a white horse as King over everything.

Storytelling station

Set up a station for your kids to practice sharing the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry. Provide paper and markers for kids to draw pictures to share the story. For elementary students, you can have them write a few sentences to tell the story along with their pictures. Allow kids to tell the story to your family.

SAY

Traveling to faraway places to share the good news about Jesus is not always easy, but missionaries who obey God’s call to go and tell the nations about Jesus want everyone to hear and believe the good news.  We too can share the good news about Jesus with people wherever we are. God can use us for His glory in our neighborhoods, in cities across the country, and in countries around the world!

Family Discussion

Open your Bibles and direct kids to find Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19; and John 12.
Ask the following questions. Lead your family to discuss (answers in italics)➡️

Where did Jesus’ disciples find the young donkey?

Tied up as soon as they entered the village Matt 21:2

What did people spread on the ground for Jesus to ride over?

Coats and palm branches, Mark 11:8

What did Jesus say to the religious leaders who wanted Jesus’ disciples to be quiet?

“If they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out” Luke 19:40

Why is it important that Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey instead of a powerful warhorse?

Guide kids to see that Jesus’ riding a donkey fulfilled Old Testament prophecy and signaled the kind of kingdom Jesus had come to establish. Remind kids that Jesus taught about serving, not being served, and that He lived out His teachings by giving His life so we could live.

How will Jesus’ second coming be different from His first? How will it be the same? 

Guide kids to find and read Revelation 19:11-16. Discuss how Jesus’ first coming brought about the defeat of sin and death, and His second coming will mark the end of all sin everywhere and the complete fixing of the brokenness of the world. Point out that Jesus was King even when He came humbly, but one day He will come as a conquerer.

How does knowing about Jesus’ first and second coming help us live courageously?

Help kids see that Jesus has defeated sin and will one day fix everything broken. We have life in Christ now and future hope for a perfect eternal life with God forever.