It’s raining again,
and though it’s cold now I know
the Son will soon be shining forth
the perfect warmth of the Father’s love
Because You love me!
Sorry for the late update, here’s my lesson plan for tomorrow night. Man, being able to study this lesson has been a tremendous blessing! Maybe I’m excited because it is 12:24am and I am tired, but I am so joyful! It hasn’t been easy; it’s only the 3rd friday night and Satan is already telling me to give up! Thank God for giving me the strength and reminder to keep going. Why do I want to teach? The children need to know God, know His Word. I need God to sustain me through His Word! And all this is our fruit, our reward through serving our children, for our God.
1.25.13 Friday Night “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!”
Why is this lesson so important for me personally to hear?
As Jesus prepares to enter Jerusalem one last time to celebrate the Passover, Last Supper with his disciples, he shows that he is the Christ in his authority over borrowing the colt, having scripture fulfilled, and His love for the city of Jerusalem as he weeps. When the Pharisees tell Jesus to stop the crowd’s ‘blasphemy’, he replies, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” God, and He alone, is worthy of all praise. And He doesn’t need my praise because He can make stones worship Him! It is a reminder to me that being able to praise and serve my God is a privilege, a gift. When I stand before God, I hope He is more pleased with me, than a rock. That would be so sad. :(
has it had that impact?
Ask me later since I am still digesting it, but studying the passage has put God in His rightful place in my life.
- Remind them of rules (raise hand, be quiet), discipline (cross out stickers, have sticker counter), and encourage to bring their own Bibles.
- Review last week’s lesson
- 1. Who was Zacchaeus? What did he do?
- 2. What did Jesus do when he met him?
- 3. What was Zacchaeus’ response? What was Jesus’ response?
- Review Memory verse
- 5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him,”Zaccheus, come down immediately, I must stay at your house today.” – Luke 19:5
Story Time Hook
- What do you imagine when you think of a king? What about a King going to battle?
- * Mighty horse, weapons, someone of respect
- Jesus is the King of the world, and today we will find out how he meets his people!
Story Time (Flannel Graph)
Flannel pieces: 1Jesus (standing), 2disciples (two of them), 3 crowd, 4 Jesus, donkey (sitting) 5Donkey owners (two of them), 6Palm Branches, 7 Disciples (crowd) 8 Donkey
Scene 1: 1Jesus, 7 Disciples
1. Jesus and His disciples approach Jerusalem.
- It is close to the celebration of the Passover.
2. Jesus sends two of his disciples, telling them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt, which is a young donkey, tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.”
* God knows everything!
- God knew where the colt was, even the fact that no one ever rode it. It sounds like stealing, but in fact God prepares the hearts of the owners, that the Lord needs it.
Scene 2: 2disciples (two), 5 Donkey owners, 8 Donkey
3. Disciples find a colt tied to a doorway and begin to untie it.
- Imagine never going into a city before and following instructions about something impossible to know beforehand. Would I go?
4. As they untie, owners ask, “What are you doing, untying that colt?”
- Sometimes people will ask why I do what I do. Of course, tell them it is for God’s glory! (Hopefully it is)
5. Disciples reply, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.” The owners let them go.
- Jesus borrows the colt. It is ok to borrow!
- Imagine taking a stranger’s car and telling him that the Lord needs it. It is absurd!
Scene 3:3crowd, 4Jesus, donkey, 6Palm branches, 7Disciples, 8Donkey
6. The disciples bring the colt to Jesus and throw their cloaks on it to honor their Lord.
- To give what is my very own for God, because He is worthy of everything!
7. While Jesus rides the colt down the hill, called the Mount of Olives, many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. The crowd also wave palm branches to praise Jesus.
- The colt had never been ridden before. Do you know how hard it is to ride a donkey? It is very hard to train a colt to be obedient! How amazing it is for Jesus to be able to ride it.
- Ever seen the foam hands or signs at sports games? Throwing rice and confetti at the newly weds? The palm branches are a sign of praise.
* God fulfills His promises (Zechariah 9:9)
- How weird it is to read that my king will be riding on a colt! First question that comes to my head is, why a colt? Why not a powerful horse? God is very interesting.
9. Crowd begins to praise God for all the miracles they had seen and shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!
* Jesus is King!
- Hosanna is the Hebrew expression for “Save!” Jesus, save me! Hosanna!
- What did the crowd want Jesus to save them from? From the Roman authority, from needing food, from sickness and pain. Is that what Jesus came to do? Yes and no. He came primarily to forgive my sins!
10. Some Pharisees in the crowd say to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” Jesus replies, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
* God is worthy of praise from all creation!
- Jesus has very interesting rebukes for Pharisees. He knows how to make them even more mad, haha.
- God is amazing, and if I don’t praise Him then His creation will! Please, let me praise You…
Scene 4:4 Jesus, donkey
11. Jesus approaches Jerusalem, weeks over it. “If you had only known on this day what would bring you peace.” He knows the city does not understand what he came to do, and will one day be destroyed. He also knows what lies ahead of Him, that in a few days He would die on the cross, put there by the very same people who were praising Him today.
- Jesus is going to die soon, the very people who praise him are the same people who will take him to the cross, yelling “crucify him”.
- Even in the midst of what should be his glorious, triumphant day, Jesus weeps. Because he knows praise from men are ever changing, and that they are worshiping him for the wrong reasons.
“I tell you, Jesus replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” – Luke 19:40
God is worthy of praise; if we don’t then creation will!
Take Home Lesson
-God knows everything
- God is worthy of praise; if we don’t then the rocks will!
- God fulfills His promises (Zechariah 9:9)
- Jesus is King
- Something involving leading another person? (Horse tag, blindfold all except two guides, 1 is it, the rest must be guided by good guide to run from the person who is it. / Pair them up. 1 Pair is it. Tag all horses to win, tag guides to get them out.
- Discuss Pizza party, discuss sticker, prizes