Every year the Jewish people celebrated Passover, to remember when God protected them from death during the tenth plague (see Exodus 11) and when the Egyptian Pharaoh freed the Israelites from slavery (see Exodus 12).
One year, as the Jews came to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, they heard that Jesus was coming as well. Jesus had performed many miracles and was a great teacher. The people believed that Jesus was the one who would rise to power and free them from the hardships placed on them by the Romans. Read Matthew 21: 1-11 to see what happened.
Read together Matthew 21:1-11
‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Can you remember what Jesus told his disciples they would find in the village?
What did the disciples use as a saddle for Jesus to sit on?
What did the crowds spread on the road before Jesus?
What did the people shout?
Imagine that you were standing among the crowds of people that were lining the street, how would you have shown your joy and excitement when you saw Jesus?
In Matthew 21:5, the author Matthew, focuses on the prophecy from Zechariah 9:9. What does this fulfilment of scripture remind us?
The crowds praised Jesus by shouting and waving branches. What are some ways in which you can praise God?
The Jews treated Jesus as a King as he entered Jerusalem. Little did they know that Jesus came to earth to free them not from the Romans, but from their sins and he has freed us from our sins too!
Dear God, Thank you that we can praise you for sending Jesus to earth to save us. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
- Draw a picture of Jesus riding the donkey and people waving palm branches.