Key Passage: Luke 24:46 “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day”
Big Picture Question: How did people act when they saw Jesus? People welcomed Jesus as their King.
Christ Connection: The people were happy to see Jesus. They knew He was their King. Jesus came riding on a donkey, just as the prophet Zechariah said He would (Zechariah 9:9).
Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project for Kids®. We’d like to take a break from the chronological study of the Bible and invite boys and girls into the stories of Easter. Today’s Bible story describes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem during Passover week, riding on a donkey like the prophet Zechariah foretold. (Zech. 9:9) The people welcoming Jesus with palm branches believed He would overthrow Roman oppression and be an earthly king. Jesus sent a different message when He arrived in Jerusalem.
Jesus entered the temple complex. He turned over the tables of the money changers and those selling doves.
Jesus said the temple was supposed to be a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:6-7), declaring His
kingship would be over all people, not just the Jews. Jesus healed the blind and the lame. Jesus wasn’t just an
earthly king; He was God! (Isa. 35:4-6)
Help kids connect the dots between God’s promises of a Messiah and Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. How did the
people act when they saw Jesus? The people welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King. Celebrate why Jesus came: to save the world from sin!
Family Activity: Conduct a parade through your home. Allow one child to march around while other family members wave their arms and show excitement as he marches by. Read Luke 19:28-44 and remind kids that people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem as King! Talk about ways that others can see Jesus is the King in your life.