Hey FBCP Kids! I have the Palm Sunday crossword puzzle and a coloring sheet for you that goes along with this week’s lesson. You can download it below. Enjoy! I miss you! ~ Amanda
Hi kids!! We are going to learn a little this week about Palm Sunday and the events that happen during Holy Week. This lesson comes from Mighty Messages, Bible-Based Lesson Kit. Our scripture this week comes from Matthew 21:1-11 and Luke 19:39-40.
There is an ancient prophecy at the beginning of the reading. It comes from Zechariah 9:9. It was written more than 500 years before Palm Sunday happened. What do you think it means when something happens that was foretold hundreds of years earlier?
In the part from Luke, the religious leaders of the day told Jesus to rebuke people for quoting the same 500 year old prophecy about him being the Messiah. Rebuke means to correct them and tell them they are wrong. He refused and said that if the people didn’t say it, the rocks and stones would declare that he was the prophecies fulfillment. Why would the religious leaders be unhappy to see their real messiah, instead of happy? (NOTE: These religious leaders are BAD GUYS.)
We celebrate Palm Sunday because people were finally starting to recognize the importance of Jesus. There were other prophets of the day who were performing a few miracles here and there. What made Jesus different?
There are 7 main events in holy week, or the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. Here’s a way we can learn them all by studying these below…
1. Palm Sunday: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and many people put Palm branches down for the donkey to walk on as a show of respect for Jesus. Many people thought he was the Messiah, coming to rule Israel.
2. Religious leaders plot to kill Jesus: Jesus was a threat to the religious leaders because he performed miracles and had lots of people believing in him. They wanted the people to keep believing them, so they plotted to have him murdered.
3. Last Supper: On Thursday night, Jesus sat down with his disciples to have passover dinner. He broke bread and said it was a symbol of his body. Then, he blessed wine and said it was the symbol of his blood. He told the disciples he would be murdered and would rise on the 3rd day, and his body and blood were a sacrifice for sins.
4. The Arrest: After supper, Jesus and the disciples went into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. The disciples fell asleep! Jesus prayed, and the soldiers came to arrest him after he was betrayed by his disciple Judas.
5. The Trial: Starting that night, Jesus faced, Annas, Caiaphas, and Pontius Pilate. Pontius Pilate agreed to crucify Jesus between two rebels because the crowd demanded it.
6. The Crucifixion: Jesus was crucified Friday at noon. He lived on the cross for 3 hours, then said to the Father, “Into your hands I commit my spirit.” And he died. There was an eclipse, an earthquake, and the very thick curtain inside the temple was ripped in two.
7. The Resurrection: Some of Jesus’ disciples, Mary Magdalene, and a few other believers saw the empty tomb on Sunday morning. Some saw angels who said, “He is not here; He is risen.” Over the next 40 days, 500 people saw the arisen Jesus.
Questions will follow in the next couple of days… Here are a couple of things I would like you to think about…
What do you think the disciples were thinking when they saw the crowds worshipping Jesus? Talk about your thoughts with your parents.
Also think of a time when you thought that things would go one way but they turned out completely different. What happened? How did you feel? Can you think of any ways you saw God working in the end result?
Our lesson for Sunday is coming from our Bible Trivia series in our Children’s Ministry Curriculum and is teaching us that we NEED to listen to God’s word.
Our memory verse for this week is I Corinthians 8:1b-3 (NIV)…We know that “We possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God.
Our Key passage is Isaiah 53:4-12
Trivia is almost never about the future because no one really knows what the future is going to be like. Scientist and science fiction writers love to speculate about the future but no one really knows. 100 years ago, when people thought about the 21st-century, they envisioned flying cars and a colony on the moon. I think we can all agree they were way off on both counts!
We are going to learn some trivia about a group of men who did see the future. These were special messengers of God, men known as prophets. A prophet is a man or woman who receives messages from the Lord, just like Deborah in the book of Judges.
Many times the prophets were sent to warn the people of danger. When the children of Israel rebelled against God, the prophets would urge them to repent and come back to God. If they did not, God would send judgment on them. When the people were wise they listened. Many times they ignored and even killed the prophets, and that’s when the prophecies about judgment and punishment would come true.
The books of prophecy are divided into two parts: the Major and Minor prophets. There are five books in the Major prophets written by four men. There are 12 books in the Minor prophets. These books are shorter than the Major prophets but they all carry messages from the Lord.
Read the words of the key passage and listen to one of the Major prophets, Isaiah, and see if you can tell who he’s talking about.
The wise men listened to the words of prophecy. That’s how they found Jesus. When we listen to the word of God, we will draw closer to him as well.
Enjoy this time with your family!! Make great memories. I miss you all! ~ Amanda
The prophets in the Bible are divided into what two sections? (Major and Minor)
Who gave the prophets messages to share? (God)
Is Isaiah a Major or Minor Prophet? (Major)
Is Jonah a Major or Minor Prophet? (Minor)
Is Daniel a Major or Minor Prophet? (Major)
Whom did Isaiah write about, saying that He would die for us? (Jesus)
Which prophet wrote that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem? (Micah)
You’re invited to join us for our Trunk N Treat event! Trunk N Treat will be held in our church parking lot on Thursday, October 31, from 6 pm – 9 pm. We will have inflatables and bouncy houses, candy, food, and more! We hope to see you and your family there!
*For church members who would like to volunteer at the Trunk N Treat event, please see the sign-up sheet on the counter at the back of the church. We’d love to have you help us with this event!
You’re invited to our Back to School Bash during the Paoli Fall Festival! Our Back to School Bash will be held in the church parking lot on Saturday, September 14, from 4 pm – 7 pm. We will have inflatables and bouncy houses, hot dogs, and more! We hope to see you and your family there!
*For church members wishing to volunteer for this event, there is a sign-up sheet on the counter in the church. We’d love to have you help us during this outreach event.