This Week’s Topic: Palm Sunday
This Week’s Goal: To enter into the Easter season with a clear reminder that is all about Jesus
This Week’s Bible Reference: Luke 6:46-49
Younger Children: Imagine that someone important is coming to your house (like the President). Discuss how you would prepare? (Would you change decorations? Would you clean the house? Make a special meal?)
Goal: The goal of this activity is to get an idea of how the people in Jerusalem must have felt when they heard that Jesus was coming.
Older Children/Teenagers: If you knew you only had one week left to live, what things would you make sure you did? (What things wouldn’t be important to you? What things would be very important to you?) This is exactly what Jesus was about to accomplish during the last week on His life.
Please feel free to do what best fits your family! (See the Intro. to Family Devotions)
For younger children, I found a great illustrated children’s book version entitled ‘Welcoming the King’, feel free to use this with younger kids.
Matthew 21:1-11 (New International Version) Feel free to use a different translation.
1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 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. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5 “Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 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 heaven!”
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Family Discussion Questions:
(Questions beginning with * are intended for younger children.)
- *What did the people do when Jesus entered into the town?
- *Why do you think they acted so excited to see Jesus?
- A donkey is not normally the most ‘kingly’ method of transportation, why do you think Jesus chose to enter into Jerusalem on a donkey? What message might that send the people in Jerusalem? (Coming in on a donkey is symbolic of Jesus coming in a regal manner, not in a way that would signify a ‘conquering king’, which is what most Jews were expecting in the Messiah.)
- Read Isaiah 62:11 and Zechariah 9:9. What do those two passages tell you about Jesus’ as the messiah?
- What do you think the people of Jerusalem were thinking when Jesus was entering into the city?
- What reaction do you think the religious leaders had on that day?
- What things seemed to be important to Jesus during His last week alive? How does this challenge you?
This is a great and easy format to follow as a family:
A-Adoration: What things did you learn about God today? Thank God for those things.
C-Confession: Confess your sins to each other and God; it is helpful if a parent takes the lead in this activity.
T-Thanksgiving: Thank God for what He has done in your lives this week and that He wants to be our foundation!
S-Supplication: God loves us and loves to bless us. Tell God the desires of your heart.
Extension Activity/Discussion Starters for the Week:
- Younger Children: Rock Concert! This short devotional from sermons4kids.com focuses on the verse “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:40. A great follow-up activity would be to do Rock Painting. ROCK PAINTING: Let children choose a rock to paint. Use permanent markers to write PRAISE THE LORD and then children can paint the rest of the rock. Place it somewhere where you will see it often as a reminder to praise the Lord.
- Younger Children: Reenact the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem (The Triumphal Entry). Create palm branches to wave. Talk about what you might yell to Jesus as He passes by you. How do you think Jesus responded to the shouts of the people.
- Younger Children: Coloring Page of Jesus and The Triumphal Entry
- Older Children/Teenagers: Discussion Starter- Jerusalem responded to Jesus with shouts of joy as He entered. How do you feel you as a family (then you individually) have “welcomed” Jesus in your daily life lately?