Kids Lesson: Jesus' Triumphal Entry
Jesus' Triumphal Entry - Matthew 21; Mark 11;
Luke 19; John 12
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. He showed that He has power over death. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead. Those who trust in Jesus will live forever with Him.
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Bible Story - Jesus' Triumphal Entry
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It was the time of year that the Israelites celebrated Passover. Many Israelites had traveled to Jerusalem to remember what God had done when He rescued His people from slavery in Egypt. Jesus and His disciples also traveled to Jerusalem. He sent two of them ahead to a village. Jesus said, “Go into the village ahead of you. There you will find a donkey and her colt tied up. Untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you should say that the Lord needs them.” The disciples did what Jesus said. They put their robes on the donkey and the colt, and Jesus sat on them. As Jesus came to Jerusalem, a large crowd gathered. The crowd laid their robes on the road. They cut palm branches from trees and laid those on the road, too. The crowds walked ahead of Jesus, and those who followed Him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! He who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One—the King of Israel! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” The word hosanna means “Save now!” The religious teachers didn’t like it. They asked Jesus to tell His disciples to be quiet. “If they didn’t praise Me,” Jesus said, “the rocks would cry out!” When Jesus went into Jerusalem, people asked, “Who is this?” The crowds replied, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee!” They were only half right. Jesus wasn’t just a prophet of God—He is God’s Son! Jesus went to the temple, and people who could not see and people who could not walk came to Him. Jesus healed them. The priests and the scribes at the temple heard children shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” The priests and scribes asked Jesus, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” The children were saying, “The king is here! The king is here!” Jesus said, “Yes. Even the children will praise Me.” Then Jesus left and went to spend the night in the town of Bethany.
Bible Story Summary
- Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.
- People welcomed Jesus as their King.
- The religious leaders did not like people praising Jesus.
- Hosanna means “Save now!” Why did the people shout “Hosanna” as Jesus rode into Jerusalem?
- Why did the religious leaders think the people should not praise Jesus?
- What kind of King is Jesus?
- Go outside and look for interesting rocks. Read Luke 19:40. Talk about how Jesus said if the people did not praise Him, the stones would.
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Invite preschoolers to gather in a circle around you. Demonstrate how to crouch down and close your eyes. Explain that when you say, “Jump up!” the children should open their eyes, jump up, and shout, “The King is here!” Repeat several times, varying how long the children crouch each time. Allow children to take turns standing in the middle and directing the others to jump up.
Say: In today’s Bible story, a large crowd of people gathered in Jerusalem and welcomed Jesus as their King as He rode in on a donkey. The children shouted, “The king is here! The king is here!”
Elementary Discussion Questions
Help your kids find Matthew 21. Ask the following questions:
Why did Jesus send His disciples to get a donkey for Him to ride? (to fulfill prophecy, Matt. 21:4-5)
What word did the people and the children say in praise of Jesus? (Hosanna, Matt. 21:9,15)
Where did Jesus go to spend the night? (Bethany, Matt. 21:17)
Why do you think the people welcomed Jesus with such excitement? Remind the kids that the people in Jesus’ day were looking for an earthly king to conquer their enemies and give them back control of their land. They believed Jesus was the promised King but misunderstood what kind of king He’d be.
When do you feel most excited to worship Jesus? Guide kids to think through the various ways we worship God, like singing praise, obeying our leaders, and doing our best work in school or sports. Remind them that anything done for God’s glory is worship.
Why do you think some people reject Jesus? Help kids connect this idea to the religious leaders in Jesus’ day. They hated Jesus because they did not want to believe they needed help, and they feared losing control over the religious practices of the people. Today, it is much the same. People want to believe they are good on
their own. They don’t want to believe that their sin is so bad it required Jesus’ death, and they don’t want to surrender control of their lives to Him.
People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King. When we have faith in Jesus, He is the King of our lives. Someday He will come back and set up His perfect kingdom on earth forever.