Special Event Series for Easter Season
Part One of Three Lessons: Palm Sunday
First, Seek Him!
Ponder this week’s verse. Do you REALLY believe Jesus is who He says He is and will do what He says He’ll do? This verse is part of the backstory to Palm Sunday. What truth was Jesus impressing on His followers? As you “Seek Him” this Easter season, think about the truth He’s impressing on you now. What is the backstory of why YOU believe in Jesus?
Then, Speak Him!
Now, after you ponder this verse and let it’s truth impact your own heart, share this story with those entrusted to you! This is your Jesus Story! Talk about what God has done in your life, where He has been faithful, why you say “Yes I Believe” to Jesus, and more! The Easter story connects with your story, so “Seek Him Speak Him!”
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What Does The Bible Say?
This Week’s Memory Verse:
John 11:25-26 – “Jesus said… ‘I am the resurrection and the life… Do you believe this?’
What Truth is God Speaking to Us?
“I am the One who gives and restores life. Believe that I am who I say I am and that I can do what I say I can do.” – God
What Truth is God Speaking to Us Through His Word?
Lord, why does it matter to us that You are the resurrection and the life? How does that Truth affect our lives? Give us wisdom to understand why it’s important to believe in You!
What Can We Learn About This Truth?
Have you ever told a story so amazing that you added, “Can you believe it?” That is the kind of story we celebrate during Easter! Jesus is our powerful God. He said, “I am the resurrection and the life,” and then He proved it. Jesus wants us to believe in Him! Palm Sunday is the story of how people in Jesus’ day did believe in Him. They celebrated that Jesus is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do! We can be part of that celebration, too!
What Else Does the Bible Say About This?
The Bible says that those who seek the Lord will be filled with joy and gladness (Psalm 40:16). Back in Jesus’ day, this is exactly what happened on a day we call Palm Sunday. Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey while crowds of people celebrated Him. Grownups and children alike rejoiced in Jesus and sang His praises.
About 500 years prior, God told Zechariah the prophet that this would happen. Zechariah believed God will do what He says He will do, and he recorded, “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion. Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! 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 CSB).
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the people did rejoice, just as Zechariah prophesied. They sang, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord – the King of Israel!” (John 12:13). The people waved palm branches and threw their coats on the ground for Jesus’ colt to walk upon. It was an exciting, wonderful event!
There were lots of reasons people had joy and gladness in Jesus. Many of them believed Jesus is the Messiah! Many of them had talked to Him and heard Him speak. Many of them had seen Jesus perform miracles, like giving the blind sight and healing the sick. This was supernatural! Jesus is supernatural!
When, just a few days before Palm Sunday, Jesus’ friend Lazarus died, his sisters were so sad that they came to Jesus for help. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life…Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26). Lazarus’ sister Martha answered, “Yes, Lord…I believe You are the Messiah, the Son of God” (v. 27). Then Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.
The Bible says those who saw Jesus bring Lazarus back to life kept telling other people about what happened (John 12:17). Their testimonies were the answer to Jesus’ question: “Do you believe this?” They couldn’t understand it or explain it; they might have even been a little like us, saying “Can you believe it?” However, they chose to believe that Jesus is who He says He is and can do what He says He can do.
So, the original Palm Sunday was a day of joy, gladness and celebration. And it still is that kind of day for us, because we believe, too! Jesus says He is the “resurrection and the life.” This can be hard to understand, especially when resurrection means death has to be part of the story – and death was definitely about to be a huge part of Jesus’ own story. However, God wants us to trust Him through it all and believe Him even though we don’t fully understand everything.
The first Palm Sunday was also a time of preparation. The most life-changing, life-giving event in all of history happened right after it. God was building belief in the hearts of those people celebrating. That same belief would be their strength as the week unfolded. We have a good, good Father, One who loves us and prepares our hearts by giving us strength and joy.
We celebrate Palm Sunday now, because the God who was back then is the same God who is now. God wants us to believe He is who He says He is and is able to do what He says He will do.
Yes, I believe!
How Can We Live Out This Truth?
After Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the crowds eventually went away, but the children kept praising Jesus. They followed Him to the Temple, singing the song their parents sang earlier, “Hosanna to the Son of David” (Matthew 21:14).
Those kids believed in Jesus. They may have seen Jesus’ miracles or heard Him teach. They may have been amongst the children that He laid His hands on and blessed (Luke 18:15-17; Mark 10:16). Each kid probably had a different perspective and experience, but they all followed Jesus and celebrated Him.
We can follow their example. We can keep praising Jesus even when others stop. We can say, “Yes, I believe” to Jesus, no matter what others may choose. We can put our faith and trust in Jesus all the days of our lives, both the good days like Palm Sunday and Easter and the hard days like Good Friday. Let’s talk about how can we follow Jesus and show that we believe this week.
For Preschool Families: Act out Palm Sunday with your littles, using the worship song at this lesson’s end. Let them wave whatever leaves or branches you have around your home to welcome Jesus. Have fun!
What Questions Do We Have About This?
What happened that first Palm Sunday?
What did Zechariah say that God said would happen that day?
Did God do what He said He would do?
What does “resurrection” mean? (to raise from the dead)
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life…Do you believe this?” What is your answer?
What are some reasons people might not believe in Jesus?
Do you believe in Jesus?
How do you believe in Jesus?
Questions for Preschool Families:
What did the people do on Palm Sunday? (celebrate Jesus!)
What does God want us to do? (believe in Jesus!)
Do you believe in Jesus?
How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?
Worship through Prayer: Lord God, Your Word says that everyone who believes in You will have eternal life. We believe that You are who You say You are and that You will do what You say will do. God help us to believe that even more as our lives go on! Help us to find our strength in You. Thank You that You are the resurrection and the life! We believe in You, Jesus! Amen!
Worship through Praise:
“Hosanna” by Hillsong Worship
For Younger Kids:
A Family Blessing
A Blessing to speak over your children…
“Just like those children followed Jesus to the temple, may you also follow Him all the days of your life. Just like they praised Him, may you always praise and worship Jesus, too. May you believe with all your heart that Jesus is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do. In Jesus’ Name, amen!!!”
“Just like those children followed Jesus to the temple, may you also follow Him all the days of your life. Just like they praised Him, may you always praise and worship Jesus, too. May you believe with all your heart that Jesus is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do. In Jesus’ Name, amen!!”
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