Parents' Corner | April 14, 2019
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.
Jesus told them, “You will find a young donkey tied there. No one has ever sat on it. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” Jesus would fulfill Zechariah’s prophecy: “Look, your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey.” (Zech. 9:9)
Jesus made a spectacular entrance into the city. He rode a 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: “Have you never read: You have prepared praise from the mouths of children and nursing infants?” Jesus gladly received their praise because He was worthy of their praise.
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!
Family Ministry Director
The Well Community Church
Family Starting Points
April 14, 2019
Scripture Memory: John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Big Picture Question:
Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from our sin.
Bible Story: “Jesus’ Triumphal Entry” (Matthew 21:1-17)
- 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 that 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 into your home for a meal and game night.
- “Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection” (Matthew 26:36–28:10; John 18:1–20:18)