Jesus’ Triumphal Entry (2018)
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Sometimes we may be tempted to approach familiar stories with less enthusiasm than stories we are less familiar with. As leaders, it can be tempting not to read the biblical text as closely nor spend the time praying and planning for those sessions, to think “I’ve taught this before so I don’t need to prepare as much.” Be careful not to fall into that trap. The kids you serve depend on your faithful consistency to point them to Jesus every single week. And on weeks like this one, when you may have more visitors or irregular attenders than normal, what a time to let Jesus shine! Lift Jesus high through every word, song, and activity. Pray, prepare, plan.
This week we briefly step out of our study of the epistles and into the first of our two Easter sessions. Last week I was reading Luke 19, and one verse stood out to me: “So those who were sent left and found it just as he had told them.” (Luke 19:32, emphasis added) Reflecting on this verse, I thought about how Jesus sent His disciples to find the donkey, and they found it “just as he had told them.” God had planned this event long before it came to pass. Jesus knew where the donkey was going to be. Jesus knew the owners would allow the disciples to borrow it. Jesus knew He would be received in Jerusalem with praise. He also knew days later He’d be rejected. Even though the majority of those praises were misguided, He pressed on, knowing where this road into Jerusalem would eventually lead. All of this was part of God’s plan.
As Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole crowd praised God with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen. “Hosanna!” they said. The word hosanna means “save now.” The people welcomed Jesus as their promised King. They hoped He would save them from the Romans. Sadly, many of those praising Jesus misunderstood God’s promise.
Jesus was the long-expected Messiah spoken about by the prophet Zechariah: “Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). Jesus is King, and His kingdom will have no end. (Luke 1:33) One day, Jesus will return to earth on a white horse as King over everything.
As God’s promised Messiah, Jesus deserves our genuine praise for who He is. He wants us to love Him with our heart, soul, and mind. (Matthew 22:37) As you prepare for and celebrate Easter, help your kids see the connection between God’s promises of a Messiah and Jesus’ coming. Remind them that Jesus’ love for them brought Him to earth for a purpose: to save the world from sin! (Luke 19:10)
Jeremy Carroll (@jermpc) is the team leaderfor The Gospel Project for Kids. Before coming to LifeWay, he has been active in local church ministry for nearly 20 years in TN, TX, and AL. Jeremy earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A Middle Tennessee native, he and his family live in Murfreesboro, TN.