Palm Sunday

Background

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

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Think about

  1. Can you remember what Jesus told his disciples they would find in the village?
  2. What did the disciples use as a saddle for Jesus to sit on?
  3. What did the crowds spread on the road before Jesus?
  4. What did the people shout?
  5. 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?
  6. In Matthew 21:5, the author Matthew, focuses on the prophecy from Zechariah 9:9. What does this fulfilment of scripture remind us?
  7. The crowds praised Jesus by shouting and waving branches.  What are some ways in which you can praise God?

Wrap up

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!

Pray together

Dear God, Thank you that we can praise you for sending Jesus to earth to save us. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Activities

Extra activity

  • Draw a picture of Jesus riding the donkey and people waving palm branches.