Palm Sunday: Jesus Enters Jerusalem (John 12:12-19)

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, he did it in front of many people. Afterwards, even more people than before were interested in him (John 12:9-10). When they heard that Jesus was going to come into Jerusalem, their main city, there was a big crowd of people that gathered. The priests and leaders who did not want to believe in Jesus had been looking for him for a while. They wanted to kill Jesus. But Jesus didn’t hide from them. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to give up his life. So he rode right into Jerusalem on a donkey. When they saw him coming, the crowd of people cut big branches from the green palm trees and waved them like flags to show honor to Jesus. They chanted, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” They were cheering for Jesus as though he was the great king God had promised to send to them. And he was. But they didn’t know he had come into Jerusalem to die on a cross.

Dear Jesus, Even though you knew that you would die on a cross, you didn’t hide. We praise you because you are the greatest king. Amen. 

Activity: Reenact the triumphal entry with palm branches. Line up and wave the branches and call “Hosanna” or “Save us now.” {Jesus was being treated like a great king!}

 

 


For those doing the activities, tomorrow’s requires a little prep: (1) draw two cliffs facing each other on a poster, on one side put people, on the other rays of light for God’s presence. Have a brown paper cutout of the cross that fits between to add as a bridge: the “way” to God. (2) fold a piece of posterboard up to make an “L” shape, in the vertical wall cut a door that is shaped like the cross: all people must go to God through the cross of Jesus.

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5 Responses to Palm Sunday: Jesus Enters Jerusalem (John 12:12-19)

  1. meagan says:

    Thank you SO much for these! I can’t tell you what a blessing it has been to read through them. I so appreciate you doing all this work AND sharing it with all of us. 🙂

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