Are you on the Lord’s side? In today’s story, Jesus enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, He knew His mission on earth was almost over. He knew from the beginning what He must do. He warned his disciples that He would soon be put to death. At first, the crowd celebrated and praised Jesus, but later the crowd demanded that he was crucified.
How do you think it looked when the crowd celebrated Jesus? Show me.
On the way to Jerusalem, many people spread their coats on the road for Jesus.
Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Some of the
people were walking ahead of Jesus. Others were walking behind him. They all shouted,
“Praise to the Son of David!
‘Welcome! God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Praise to God in heaven!”
Matthew 21:8-9 ERV
Now show me again how the crowd celebrated Jesus.
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How do you think the crowd looked when they shouted crucify him? Show me.
Pilate asked, “So what should I do with Jesus, the one called the Messiah?”
All the people said, “Kill him on a cross!”
Pilate asked, “Why do you want me to kill him? What wrong has he done?”
But they shouted louder, “Kill him on a cross!”
Pilate saw that there was nothing he could do to make the people change.
In fact, it looked as if there would be a riot. So he took some
water and washed his hands in front of them all. He said,
“I am not guilty of this man’s death. You are the ones who are doing it!”
The people answered, “We will take full responsibility for his death.
You can blame us and even our children!”
Matthew 27:22-25 ERV
Now show me again how the crowd looked when they said crucify him.
Which crowd do you want to be in and why? (Allow the child(ren) to answer before moving on.)
When we do things that are not pleasing to God, we are guilty of sin. Jesus took our place on the cross to help us overcome sin. We must live a good life for God by obeying our parents and teachers, being kind to others, helping those who need help, and believing and trusting in Jesus. When we do these things, we are showing the world that we are on the Lord’s side.
Vanessa Davis is a pastor’s wife, a mother, a grandmother, a speaker, and an advocate for individuals facing mental health challenges including those who struggle with addiction, domestic abuse, and adverse childhood experiences. She is the author of the book Rebound: The Ball Is in My Court, a book about the power of forgiveness and resilience. Vanessa shares her love for Christ through her testimonies and by ministering at local churches, retreats, conferences, and other special events. She is the Special Service Manager for a local Head Start Program where she oversees the Health, Mental Health, and Disability Services for children ages 0-5 and their families. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. All our contributors are volunteers. Bless her by showing support for her projects.