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The Triumphal Entry  

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The people celebrate their King, while others plot His death

13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!”
John 12:13

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 17:11-19) The word spread about all the miracles that Jesus has done, so when ten lepers heard that Jesus was teaching in their village, they went out to meet him. When Jesus saw the lepers he immediately told them to go see the priest to examine them. Now the priest were the ones that verify the healing of a leper, so the ten had enough faith to do as Jesus said. Along the way they were healed, showing that when we walk in faith Jesus will take care of us. After they were examined and verified they were healed, only one leper came back to Jesus to thank him, a Samaritan. The Samaritan not only reminds us that salvation is for all, but it also reminds us to seek Christ in the good times, not just the bad.

The Jesus Connection:
Even as Jesus was riding into Jerusalem, the very people who were celebrating his arrival would put him to death in a few days, Jesus would soon die for the sins of men by suffering on the cross. It is true that Jesus came to earth to be king. But he came as a heavenly king for a spiritual kingdom. That is why he said that if the people did not praise him, the very stones would cry out. The cross did not come as a surprise to Jesus (John 12:27); it was the very reason he had come to earth. Jesus even predicted how he would die (John 12:32–33). Many of those who hailed Jesus as king in his triumphal entry would soon cry out with the religious rulers, “Crucify him!”

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Triumphal Entry

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The people celebrate their king while others plot His death

Key Verse: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord…” Psalms 118:26a

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 12:10-50) When Jesus entered Jerusalem the people cheered him on and celebrated. Jesus was the one who fulfilled the prophecy of a coming King, so they all cheered, but some questioned if Jesus was a king. For one, he rode in on a donkey, which isn’t an animal that conveys military might. However, Jesus was going to be raised up as the king of man, the one who would justify us and bring us back to God. Jesus was not here to conquer our enemies, He was here to save us from the enemy. Our sins are forgiven because of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and savior.

The Jesus Connection:
Even as Jesus was riding into Jerusalem, the very people who were celebrating his arrival would put him to death in a few days, Jesus would soon die for the sins of men by suffering on the cross. It is true that Jesus came to earth to be king. But he came as a heavenly king for a spiritual kingdom. That is why he said that if the people did not praise him, the very stones would cry out. The cross did not come as a surprise to Jesus (John 12:27); it was the very reason he had come to earth. Jesus even predicted how he would die (John 12:32–33). Many of those who hailed Jesus as king in his triumphal entry would soon cry out with the religious rulers, “Crucify him!”

Risen

Key Verse: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies’”
(John 11:25)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We Praise Jesus

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Psalm 118:19-29; Matthew 21:1-11) Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem was the high point of his earthly ministry. The scene was one that military heroes often received, with one main difference; Jesus rode in on a donkey, a sign of humility, rather than riding in on a horse, which fulfilled an Old Testament prophecy. The people who made up the crowd placed their cloaks as a carpet on the street, which was an act of honor and of submission. The people also used cut palm branches as a victory celebration for Jesus. This is known as Palm Sunday.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents:Share with your children one reason to praise Jesus today. Maybe you saw an amazing sunrise and can praise Jesus for his creation. Or perhaps you were reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and want to tell him how thankful you are. Encourage your children to share at least one thing they can praise Jesus for as well. Encourage each other to look for one reason to praise Jesus every day this week.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
As a family, use household objects to show how you can praise Jesus. You can use the words from the Key Verse to get you started: power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and praise. Have each family member choose a word and then find an object in the house that represents that way to praise Jesus. For example, someone can bring a piggy bank and tell how we as a family can offer our wealth as praise to Jesus. After everyone finds an object and explains how it represents praise for Jesus, have everyone lift up their object. In unison say, “Jesus, you are worthy of praise! Thank you!”

Harvest the Wise

Key Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God helps us with our problems

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 2 Chronicles 20: 1-30) Jehoshaphat was king of Judah at the same time Ahab was king of Israel. Jehoshaphat followed God and didn’t worship Baal, so God made him powerful. He had over a million fighting men for his Army! When Jehoshaphat learned of the threat of a vast army invading Edom, he didn’t respond by sounding the battle cry and mustering the troops. Instead, he went to God to see what He wanted him to do. God responded through Jahaziel, with instructions to not fight. They were not to fight, but rather have a time of praise and worship. When the fighting began, the enemies began fighting each other, as they were confused in battle.  The victory was given to Judah because of their faith and trust in God’s ability to help them in the midst of their problems.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a tough situation where you trusted God. Perhaps you’ve recently dealt with an illness in the family or a tough financial time. What were the benefits of trusting God? What things prevented you from trusting God? How were you able to trust God through the difficult moments? Then talk with your children about things that prevent them from trusting God when they have problems.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Give each family member an index card. Write down a few things that cause them anxiety. For younger kids, have them draw a picture of something that makes them sad. When everyone is finished talk about how God wants to take away our worries. When you are finished think of ways you can dispose of the cards (burn them in a campfire, fireplace, etc), and then pray and ask God to take away your worries and anxiety.

 

Harvest the Wise

Key Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5)

Our hope is for our kids to: Trust God completely

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 2 Kings 2:1-5) Elisha was chosen by God to succeed Elijah. We don’t know how Elisha knew what was about to happen, but apparently he realized that his mentor, Elijah, would soon be taken to heaven. Elisha was totally committed to staying with Elijah until the very end. He wanted to benefit as much as possible from Elijah before Elijah went to be with God. Elisha had been faithful to God, and God rewarded him with the strength he would need to minister as a prophet amid the evil conditions that existed in Israel.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk to your kids about someone who is faithful to you. How has this person been faithful to you? Now talk about what it means to be faithful to God in the same way—to stay true, to never leave, to love him only. Point out ways that your family is faithful to God, such as obeying God, doing what’s right even when it’s hard, or going to church to learn more about God. Encourage your family to continue to be faithful to God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week, either individually or as a family, show love to someone who’s hurting. Or you may want to share your faith in Jesus Christ with somebody, or serve selflessly, the possibilities are endless!

Harvest the Wise

Key Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5)

Our hope is for our kids to: Trust God completely

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Kings 19: 9-18) Elijah had just defeated hundreds of prophets of Baal, which made Queen Jezebel very angry. Because Elijah proved God was the one true God and proved Baal did not exist, the queen sought to kill Elijah. This made Elijah flee, and plea to the Lord, saying that he was alone and afraid for his life. God told Elijah to wait for Him on the mountain, so Elijah obeyed. While there God taught Elijah a very valuable lesson; that He is with us always. God wasn’t in the huge earthquake, the gusty wind, or the powerful fire. God chose to speak to Elijah in a gentle whisper, signifying that God isn’t just in the big things, but in the gentle things as well. God further encouraged Elijah by letting him know there were over 7000 prophets in Israel, meaning that he was not alone.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk to your children about a time you were feeling lonely. Maybe you’d moved away from friends and family. Or maybe you were surrounded by people who just didn’t understand you. What helped you overcome your loneliness in that situation? How was God involved? Discuss how knowing that God is with you during lonely times will affect the next time you face a similar situation. Then encourage your kids to talk about times they’ve felt all alone.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week go on a “God’s Presence” field trip. Take a walk or a drive through your community, looking for evidence that God is keeping his promise to be with us. For example, someone may point out a sunset, a church, a hospital where people experience healing, or a community center where people help each other. Take pictures of the evidence you find , and collect the pictures in a “God’s Presence” album to look at when you need reminders that God is with us.

 

The Rise of Fall

Key Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him”
(James 1:5)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: A self centered attitude hurts God and others

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 2 Samuel 15:1-12; 17:1-12; 18:1-8) Absalom was one of David’s sons. Before this story takes place however, David would not see Absalom because Absalom killed Amnon, who was also David’s son. After a few years David finally forgave Absalom, however David was unaware that Absalom was trying to win converts to join him so that he could overthrow David and become King himself. When David heard of this, he was planning to flee Jerusalem, however since Absalom did not attack David right away, David was able to form an army and fight Absalom.  

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time self-centered attitudes played a role in your family. What happened? Then encourage your children to think about ways they’ve seen family members demonstrate love, rather than self-centeredness, toward one another—by taking out the trash, shoveling the walk without being asked, putting away clean dishes, or taking time to give a brother or sister encouragement, for example. Give a rousing family cheer for each person as stories are told about him or her. Be sure no one is left out. Then talk with your children about how self-centered attitudes hurt God and others.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Give paper, pens, and $500 of play money to every member of your family and announce its Extremely Early Christmas Shopping Day. The goal: Go to a local mall, and “buy” Christmas presents for everyone in your family. The rules: 1) nothing can actually be purchased. 2) You can’t pick out anything for yourself 3) You can’t spend more than $500 total (all gifts) 4) You must agree on a time limit. When finished discuss the experience over pizza or ice cream.