Craft: Palm Branches
(supplies: green construction paper, tape/glue, scissors, popsicle sticks)
Have children trace their hand on green paper 3-4 times, cut them out. Assemble them by glueing cut-outs to popsicle stick.
Bible Memory Verse for April
John 11:25: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
Bible Lesson Discussion
(You can read from this NIV version or from your own Bible)
(Verse 1-3) As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
So Jesus and his disciples were walking towards Jerusalem when Jesus stops them and sends two of his disciples out to get two donkeys. He doesn’t give money to pay for them. But this wasn’t an accident. This was just what the Bible had promised for hundreds of years. The real king wasn’t going to be fancy, but ride into the city on a donkey … a donkey he had to borrow.
(Verses 4-5)This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘See your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
This was Jesus fulfilling a prophecy. He was supposed to ride on a donkey’s colt. (Colt means a young donkey.) If you were a king, would you picture yourself riding into a new place on a donkey?? Jesus wasn’t trying to show people how special and important He was. He wasn’t coming there to make people serve him. He was coming to towns with unconditional love. He wanted to love and serve these people.
(Verses 6-9)The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted.
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest!”
The disciples did as they were instructed, they had gotten the donkey and colt. A large crowd was building. They started to cover the street with their coats and branches from the trees. They were doing this out of respect for Jesus, since the roads were not paved then. They were dirt, they didn’t want Jesus to get dirty. The crowd cheered for Jesus with words they had learned from the Bible. This was a huge celebration.
(Verses 10-11) When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
With this big celebration, people were trying to figure out who Jesus was. People had heard about Jesus, but they had never seen Him before, there were not cameras back then. Take note that the people didn’t say that He was the Son of God. They called Him a prophet. It was difficult for some of the people of Jesus’ time to realize that He was God and that He was going to save them. Even his disciples would be confused and abandon Jesus later that same week.
Waiting for Jesus Again
The Bible says that Jesus will come again, but not in a parade on a donkey but in the clouds in full glory. What do you think this may look like?
Draw a picture of it!