Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week. We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.
Dinner Time (Deep Dive)
READ the story together. (Matthew 21:1-17, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who were the main characters? (Jesus and the people.)
What are the main story beats? (The people welcomed Jesus as King during the triumphal entry. )
What’s the main point? (People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King.)
CONNECT it to the family.
As a family we should celebrate Jesus in our daily lives the way that the people welcomed Jesus as king. Jesus is our king and we should praise his name everyday.
God, we thank you for sending Jesus to earth. We know only Jesus can save us from our sin. We love you Lord. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Jesus’ Triumphal Entry)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
What does this story teach about God or the Gospel?
Why was it necessary for God to send Jesus?
Do the people praising Jesus’ name seem like they want to have him crucified?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
Jesus came to earth to die for us. He is our king and he deserves our worship.
RELATE to them.
When someone does something for you it makes you happy. You love that person and you think highly of them. Jesus came to do something greater than anything that we can imagine. For that Jesus deserves to be praised.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
Be encouraged that God will be with you today – when things are easy and when things are hard!
PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.