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Unit 26, Session 1: Jesus' Triumphal Entry

Leading into the last week of Jesus’ ministry before His death and resurrection, Jesus entered Jerusalem as the King of kings. 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).

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.

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.

 


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Jesus' Triumphal Entry

(Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19; John 12)

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.

 


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • How is Jesus our perfect King?
    What does is mean to worship Jesus as King?
    What are ways we can show Jesus is our King?
  • What was unusual about Jesus’ arrival at Jerusalem?
    What did the people expect Jesus to do for them?
    Why does Jesus deserve our praise?

Worship

Activity Idea

Palm Branches

 

 -Provide each kid with green construction paper and some sort of stick.

-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 stick in an overlapping manner, with fingers pointed away from the stick .

-When they are finished, it will look like a palm branch.

 

 

CONNECTION:

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!

Serving
Jesus

Organize a mock parade on your street. Invite neighbors to participate. Discuss the ways Jesus’ triumphal entry was like a parade. Take the time to get to know your neighbors and tell them the story of Jesus' triumphal entry.