Hey BridgeKids Families!
The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday—the day Jesus entered Jerusalem as the King of kings the week of Passover. 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 to bring a donkey to Him.
Open your Bibles to Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how Jesus made a spectacular entrance into the city. He rode the 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” (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. (Revelation 19:11)
As you prepare for and celebrate Easter, help your kids connect the dots between God’s promises of a Messiah and Jesus’ coming. Help them understand why Jesus came: to save the world from sin!
Ask the questions:
- Why had many Israelites traveled to Jerusalem? (to celebrate Passover, John 12:12)
- How many disciples did Jesus send into a village ahead of them? (two, Matt. 21:1)
- What did the disciples find in the village? (a young donkey, Mark 11:2)
- What did people spread on the road in front of Jesus? (their robes and palm branches, Mark 11:8)
- What word did the people say that means “save now”? (hosanna, Mark 11:9-10)
- Who asked Jesus to quiet the disciples? (the religious leaders, Luke 19:39)
- Jesus said if the disciples were quiet, what would praise Him? (the rocks, Luke 19:40)
- Whom did Jesus heal in the temple complex? (people who were blind and lame, Matt. 21:14)
- Where did Jesus go to spend the night? (Bethany, Matt. 21:17)
- Which prophet said Jesus would come, riding on a donkey? (Zechariah, Zech, 9:9)
- Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin.
- Easter @ BridgeKids – You do want to miss this Easter Sunday! During the 9:30 and 11 am service we are going to have a pancake breakfast with the kids, play some games, have an awesome message and just a lot of fun! Please do note that there is no BridgeKids programming during the 8 am service, but the kids are welcome in the service!
- Penny Wars!: Our Penny Wars are going to help support the Truth Skate Ministry. Check them out at truthskatechurch.com. This is an awesome local ministry run by our own Kyle Brush.