SCRIPTURE TO READ
12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey’s colt!”
16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.
CHILDREN’S BIBLE READINGS (OPTIONAL)
- The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible (pages 236-241)
- The Gospel Story Bible (pages 216-217)
APPLICATION: A HEART FOR ALL
Israel couldn’t fathom a king who wasn’t solely for them and their agenda. The palm fronds revealed the size of their hearts for others outside their circle. But Jesus proved his heart (and kingdom) was much bigger. He sought to save sinners of every shade and stripe, be they Jews or Gentiles.
What about you?
When you think of the work of Jesus, do you believe he comes for us all, or do you struggle with a heart that’s somehow become smaller – one that believes Jesus wants the kind of people you prefer? It’s easy to allow the size of our hearts to shrink down to only those that are like us. Do you need to repent and ask God to give you the kind of heart for others that Jesus has – a heart for all?
Take some time to remind yourself today that Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago today as the true King who moves toward the weekend of trial, cross, and resurrection as the sovereign hope for sinners of every color and shade – including you!
Lord, help my heart to love as you love, to be as big for those around me as yours is! May your Holy Spirit place upon my heart those I might have written off from your reach. Help me to live in a missional way with them where my words and deeds might reflect the truth that the king I serve is one who has come to save sinners from every nook and cranny of the world – including me! Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord – the King of Israel!”
OPTIONAL FAMILY DISCUSSION GUIDE
- What kind of king were the people expecting? (An earthly king who would help them.)
- What kind of king was Jesus? (Jesus was a New King, a Rescuing King, a Forever King.)
- Jesus came to save everyone who believes in him. Because Jesus loved us like this, we can love others too. How can you love and serve someone in your family, neighborhood, or school?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”