Sunday, March 28: Palm Sunday

Today’s lesson is based on: Matthew 21:1–11John 12:12–19

Let’s Start!   

Today we’re going to celebrate Palm Sunday by making our own Palm Branches!

Option 1: Print the file below, color it in green, and cut along the lines to make a palm branch. To make it stronger, tape or glue your palm branch onto a paint stick, straw, or a stick from outside.

Option 2: cut your own palm branches out of green construction paper or tape thin paper strips onto a stick!

Let’s Watch!

  • Do you know what next Sunday is? Easter!
  • Next week we’ll learn more about what Easter means, but today we’re going to take some time and talk about another important day – Palm Sunday!
  • Before Jesus’ died and rose again, He and his disciples went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Passover was a special feast to celebrate how God set His people free from slavery in Egypt.
  • That day, Jesus made quite the entrance to Jerusalem. In fact, years before, the prophet Zechariah had talked about it (check it out in Zechariah 9:9). Let’s watch and see what happened!

Let’s Talk!

  • If you could ride into town on any sort of animal (real or imaginary), what would it be?
  • Why do you think Jesus rode into town on a donkey? A donkey was a symbol of humility and peace.
  • What did the people do when they saw Jesus? (check out Matthew 21:9) They waved their palm branches and shouted “Hosanna!”
  • Hosanna means “save us!” The people wanted Jesus, as their king, to defeat the Romans and set up his own kingdom – but Jesus’ kingdom looked different than the people expected. What is Jesus’ kingdom like? Jesus is the King of Kings! He is the King over all because he is God. He did come to rescue his people, but, instead of bringing huge armies and winning battles, he rescued them by defeating sin and death when he died on the cross and rose again.
  • What Kind of King is Jesus? Look up the following verses and talk about how they describe Jesus as King:
    • Psalm 24:8: He’s the King of glory, He’s strong, and He wins every battle
    • Isaiah 32:1: He’s righteous (makes the right decisions and pleases God)
    • Revelation 1:5: He’s a loving king who chose to die to free us from our sin.
  • When we know Jesus as our King, we can cry out to Him: “Hosanna! Save us!” We can ask him to forgive us for our sins and help us to live our lives for Him!

Let’s Do!  

  • Download and print the donkey poster and tails below, or draw your own donkey and use string or paper as it’s tail!
  • Have one person at a time wear a blindfold and spin around, then try to place the tail on the donkey. Whoever is closest wins!

Let’s Memorize!

Let’s Pray! 

Make sure you have your palm branches available for today’s prayer time!

  • How does it make you feel to know that Jesus is the king over everyone and everything?  
  • Have you ever had to surrender to Jesus as King by doing something you knew He wanted you to do even though it was hard? (to surrender means to give up what you want and do what He wants instead) What happened?
  • Let’s spend a few minutes asking Him if there is anything you need to give to Him today:
    • Maybe you need to ask Jesus to forgive you for not doing something he wants you to do (like being kind to your siblings or obeying your mom or dad).
    • Maybe you’ve been praying about something and it hasn’t happened – and you need to give that to Jesus and say: “I trust you.”
    • Or, maybe you just need to say to Him, Jesus: Thank you for being my king! You are strong and mighty and right, and I love you and trust you!
  • We can honor Jesus as King in our lives just like the people did on Palm Sunday by giving Him control of our lives and worshipping Him! As you pray, write down whatever you think of on your palm branches and then hold them out to Jesus.
  • If you’ve never asked Jesus to be King of your life, you can do that today! The Bible says that if we believe in our hearts that He is God and that He came and died and rose again to take away our sin, and we ask Him to be King in our lives, we get to be part of His kingdom! He’s not only the most powerful King ever, he’s also the BEST king ever. He loves you SO much, and He wants you to know Him.
  • If you do pray to ask Jesus to be king in your life, we’d love to celebrate with you! Send us an email to let our team know!

Let’s Bless!

Parents, end your prayer time by speaking the following blessing over your child(ren):

April 5, 2020: Jesus is King (Palm Sunday)

A Note to our Parents and Guardians: Each week, we are posting a short lesson or video to watch with your child(ren), suggested worship videos for preschool and grade school students, and crafts or activities that you can do at home! These can be done on Sunday mornings or throughout the week. (For more information and parent resources, check out the For Parents tab!)

Let’s Start!

Before you watch this week’s Bible video, take a moment and pray with your family that God would help you each to focus. Ask him to give you open ears and open hearts to receive what He wants to say to you. Take a moment of silent prayer to allow each person to give God all of the things that distract them or are heavy on their hearts.

Let’s Watch!

Let’s Talk!

{ASK} When Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey:

  • Did the people realize that He was a king? (Yes, but they expected that the Messiah would be a warrior king, someone who rule by force).
  • Jesus had a bigger plan. What was it? (Jesus came to save people by dying on the cross for their sins and rising again. He came to bring them and us into relationship with God.)

{DISCUSS} The Bible tells us many ways that Jesus is King:

  • Jesus is the King immortal. That means He lives forever (1 Timothy 1:17). 
  • Jesus is the King of glory. He is strong and wins every battle (Psalm 24:8). 
  • Jesus is a righteous King. He makes right decisions that please God (Isaiah 32:1). 
  • Jesus is a loving King. The powerful Ruler of all chose to free us from our sins by dying for us (Revelation 1:5). 

When we know Jesus as our King, we can cry out to Him, “Hosanna! Save us!” just like the people in the Bible. We can ask Him to help us bow down to His leadership and what He wants to do in our lives. We can trust Him and do what He asks, even when it’s something that we don’t understand (like the disciples did when they went to get the donkey)!

  • Where in your life do you see Jesus as the mighty King of Kings? (Are there parts of your life where you are living like Jesus is the King of that thing? For example, are you not afraid of the dark because you know that Jesus is the boss of the dark?)
  • How does it make you feel to know He rules over everything and everyone?
  • Are there areas of your life you need to let Jesus be king of? Take a few moments to talk to God about these things.

EGC KIDS TIP: Give time for this. As a parent, it can be tempting to “guide” the child into something that you want them to work on. God might highlight this for your child Himself or He might show him/her another area that He thinks is important right now. Trust God with your children. He knows them and loves them best. Note: if the coronavirus comes up in this discussion, we have some tips for how to talk with your family about current events here.

Let’s Do!

Today, we are going to make our own palm branches!

  1. Gather some paper (construction paper or copy paper, 2 pages per person).
  2. Cut out 3-4 long strips from one side of the paper and glue them together to make a sturdy branch for your palm leaves (alternately, you can use a paper towel roll, a clean stick from outside or a paint stir stick).
  3. Trace your hands (as many as you can fit on the papers) and cut them out.
  4. Glue the handprints to the “branch,” with fingers pointing out.
  5. On the handprints, write about how Jesus is King in your life! You can also write some of the things that Jesus talked to you about when you asked Him about areas of your life where you need to let Him be king.

Let’s Pray!

Take a few minutes together and pray about the things written on the palm branches. Give them to Jesus and ask Him to be the king and boss of every area of your lives.

EGC KIDS TIP: Sometimes having something to hold or an action to do helps our kids connect with the words they are praying. As they pray, you can have them take their palm fronds and lay them down on the ground – just like they did in the story – to show that they are choosing to make Jesus the King in their lives!

During the week as you pray, ask Jesus to help you remember that He’s the King over everything.

Let’s Memorize!

EGC Kids Tip: Try to learn the verse by acting it out together. Use the palms you made or some coats from the closet (or be creative)! Take a video and send it to egckids@elimgospel.org or upload it to social media and tag it #egckidsathome. We’d love to see it!

Let’s Bless!

Take time to bless each family member with the following blessing:

May you trust Jesus to be the King and the boss of every area of your life. May you always know that you can call to Him and he will save you. May you know that the King of Kings loves you and cares for you and that you are His!