This Week in SojournKids: Jesus Cleansed the Temple (Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-19)

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We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background: In this week’s story Jesus cleanses the temple. He came to Jerusalem and entered the temple. He immediately starting to drive out the people selling and buying things from the temple. Jesus tells them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” The blind and the lame then came to Jesus and he healed them. The children in the temple were crying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” This made the chief priests upset and Jesus asks them if they had never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?”

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Do you like Birthday parties? What is the best part about your birthday party? How would you feel if someone came to your birthday and blew out your candles?

Read Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-19

Questions/Apply it:

  • What did Jesus cleanse?
  • What did Jesus say the people had made the temple into?
  • What did the children shout?
  • What did the chief priests think about it all?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for sending your son Jesus to earth to die on a cross for our sins. We pray that we will remember that it is not all about us, but all about you God. Amen.

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: Why do believers share the Lord’s Supper? Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death and to proclaim him until he returns.

Memory Verse: The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the oppressed free. Luke 4:18

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 25 - Session 2