After Jesus made His triumphant, humble entrance into Jerusalem, He made a zealous entrance into the temple, driving out all the commercial enterprise that had overrun His house. With distractions, and personal ambitions removed, Jesus welcomed in the blind and the lame to be healed by His touch. Jesus shows us that His house is to be a place of refuge and rescue for the blind and the broken.
In the midst of these miracles, children erupted in spontaneous worship, crying out, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" The religious leaders, who had not been bothered by the shouts of merchants peddling their wares, were absolutely indignant over the shouts of praise from these little ones. Jesus' response to their acrimonious complaint shows us that praise and worship are in order in His house, especially that of children. He calls their praise "perfect."
I believe their praise is perfected because it is pure, innocent; unfiltered by pride and protocol.
As we join with our children in praise this week, may our praise also be perfected. Palm Sunday is a beautiful day to join the chorus of the ancient multitude, and welcome Jesus as our King!
Bible Truth: Jesus is My King
Bible Story: The people shout, "Hosanna to the King!"
Bible Study: Matthew 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-38; John 12:12-15
Read this week's story to your children from your favorite Children's Story Bible. This is the one that I will be using.
palms of praise
Bring in palm branches for the children to wave as the children do in the story. I picked up an artificial bunch of of leaves for 40% off at Hobby Lobby, and detached the branches so that each child will be hold one and participate. They will be great to use in my class year after year!
What better way to bring this story to life than to join in the praise and worship of King Jesus?! Here are some great songs to sing in your classroom to help your children do just that.
- Shout Hosanna! by The Donut Man is a lively, energetic song to get your little ones jumping and shouting praise to Jesus.
- Hosanna Rock from Little Praise Party is an upbeat song with simple words and actions. We waive our hands while singing, "Hosanna," and clap our hands while singing "Everybody praise the Lord."
pin Jesus on the donkey
hosanna to the king
Here is a simple collage craft to celebrate King Jesus! You will need:
- this print out
- green construction paper
In class, give the children pieces of cloth and construction paper leaves to glue onto the picture of Jesus riding on the donkey. Use this glue hack for easy, mess-free gluing.
palm print mural
Here are some activities to celebrate King Jesus at home with your child this week!