We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.
Background: The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem was a week before Jesus would be crucified on the celebration of the Passover. We, the church, remember this week as the beginning of Holy Week, or the week before Easter, and it is also the last week of Lent, which is a season of preparing our hearts for Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
Opening/Ice Breaker: What is a king? (He is a ruler over a certain people.) Do we have a king in America? (No.) This week we learned that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the people praised him and welcomed him as their King.
Read Mark 11:1-11
- What did Jesus ride on when he entered Jerusalem? (A colt, or a donkey.)
- What did the people do when they saw Jesus? (They put tree branches and coats on the ground before him. People did that for kings and queens. So when the people put the branches and coats on the ground, they were showing that Jesus is King, and they even shouted praise to Jesus as the promised King from God.
- Jesus is King, but what does that mean for us? It means that no one is to be more important in our lives than Jesus, and that we should obey all his commands. The most important command is to love God and love others.
REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.
Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin.
Memory Verse: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 20 - Session 1