Jesus’ Triumphal Entry
Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19
“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
This week we will step out of our study through the Old Testament and briefly turn our attention to the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry. We start with a look at the triumphal entry, when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. The crowds that day welcomed Him as King, but they didn’t really understand what kind of King He was.
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. (Revelation 19:11)
Help your kids see that Jesus was first the suffering servant when He came to earth the first time, but when He returns, He will be the conquering King.
KEY PASSAGE: Luke 24:6
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from sin.
BIBLE STORY: JESUS’ TRIUMPHAL ENTRY
- Jesus and His friends traveled to Jerusalem for Passover.
- Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey as people shouted “Hosanna.”
- The religious leaders did not like that the people praised Jesus.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Why do you think the religious leaders were angry the people were praising Jesus?
- Hosanna means “save now.” Why was that a good word for the people to shout?
- Read Revelation 19. Compare and contrast Jesus’ second coming to His triumphal entry.
- Research the Passover. Consider serving a Passover meal.
- Go further: Welcome a family who needs to know Jesus into your home for a meal and to play games.
“Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection” (Matthew 26:36–28:10; John 18:1–20:18)