Palm Sunday / Triumphal Entry
Bible: Matthew 21:1-11
Lesson: It was almost time for Jesus to go into Jerusalem. He told two of His disciples to go into the village and bring to me the first donkey and colt you see. “If the owner says, ‘Hey, where are you taking my donkeys?’ Just tell them the Lord needs them and the man will let them go.” That was amazing. Imagine someone coming to your town and taking the first red car they see. They tell you that the Lord needs it. What would you do? This only works if God has told this person ahead of time that the Lord will need your donkeys today. (If God told you ahead of time that the Lord will need your red car today, you would be OK with it.). It all happened just as Jesus said it would, and the disciples brought the donkeys. They put their coats on them for Jesus and Jesus road into Jerusalem on a donkey. The Old Testament said this would happen.
”Say to the city of Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you.
He is gentle and riding on a donkey.
He is riding on a donkey’s colt.’” —(Zechariah 9:9)(Matthew 21:5)
As He road into Jerusalem, people put their coats and palm branches on the ground before Him – like a red carpet. The people shouted:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” —(Psalm 118:26)
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21:9)
Important Point: Jesus is the Messiah from the Old Testament.
Directions Year One: Print out Palm Sunday, Jesus on the Donkey, and Easter Week Devotions. Glue pieces of green tissue paper to the Palm Sunday page above the text box. Color Jesus on the donkey and show the children how Jesus rode over the palms, then glue him on top of the green tissue paper. Be sure to hand out Easter Week Devotions.
Materials Year One: Green tissue paper, glue, scissors
Palm Sunday Move and Rhyme
The people by the roadside stood
(With both index fingers pointing up, circle them alternately toward your self- People)
Saw Jesus kind and good
(With palms of your hands flat, touch each palm with the middle finger of the opposite hand alternately- Jesus (showing where the nails went into his hands) )
On a donkey riding by
(With your palm flat and facing away from you, place the thumb of that hand on the temple of that side of your head and bend all the fingers at the same time at your knuckles- donkey (like a donkey’s ear) )
The Messiah has come, so no more will die
(Make two “L”s with your finger and thumbs, with palms facing you and index fingers pointing toward each other, move your hands up- live)
Raise your palm branch in the air
(Raise your palm branch)
Then place it on the ground with care
(Put your palm leaf on the ground in front of you)
Hosanna, Hosanna, hear, dance, and sing
(cup your hands around your mouth and dance your feet when you shout this line)
Kneel before the King of Kings
(Kneel on the ground)
Palm Sunday yr 1 (Click to down load pdfs)