On Palm Sunday a ritual is acted out in countless churches: Sunday school kids waving palm branches invade the adult worship service. Kids march, pictures are snapped, and kids are then herded back to their corner of the church building.
Another charming Palm Sunday service is in the books.
We’re about to set aside that version of what happened in Jerusalem. Instead, we’ll join an excited throng waiting to see Jesus, elbowing our way to the front of the crowd. We’ll hold high the branches we stripped off palm trees, and then we’ll slide out of our coats so we can toss them on the road in front of a colt carrying our King.
Today we’ll GET INTO the middle of that Jerusalem celebration. And after the video, we’ll TALK IT UP and ACT IT OUT, discovering what it means that Jesus is King—our King.
Find a screen and watch “Palm Sunday.” You’ll catch the excitement felt by all those worshipers as Jesus passed by them, and you’ll wish you had a palm branch to wave too! (Spoiler alert: You’re gonna get one!)
In today’s video Jesus sends a strong message—He’s King. And when He’s told to silence the celebration, He refuses.
Use these questions to TALK IT UP and dig into what Jesus tells us about His being King as He enters Jerusalem:
No one is quite sure why the crowd waved palm branches as Jesus entered Jerusalem. Some think it was a familiar way to celebrate. Many years before, God’s people had been told to use palm fronds as part of the joyous Festival of Shelters (Leviticus 23:39-40). Other people think it’s because palm branches had been on Jewish coins before the Romans showed up—those branches represented Israel as a country. And maybe it was because at that time palm trees were handy, with forests of palm trees growing around Jerusalem.
No matter why Jesus’ admirers waved palm branches, we can wave them to praise our King! Here are a few questions and challenges. Choose 1 or do them all!
When you walk into the throne room of a king, you do so carefully. You bow when you enter the room. You wait to be spoken to before you speak. You don’t turn your back on the king when you leave the room—you just back out respectfully.
That’s earthly kings—not Jesus. But it doesn’t hurt to give Him the same respect you’d give the king of Trombonia if he were to drop by. (No, that’s not a real country, but it should be.)
So today let’s bow as we pray:
It’s hard to explain that Jesus is your King when you live in a country that doesn’t have a king. Nobody is quite sure what you mean … which gives you a great opportunity to explain!
Helping others understand that Jesus is King lets them see a side of Jesus that isn’t always talked about. Pretty much everyone agrees He’s a great teacher with wise sayings, but His followers know He’s much more than that—He’s their Savior, their Lord, their King.
Here are a few ideas for sharing what you’ve discovered about Jesus being King. We hope they help you launch conversations that give you opportunities to share what and Who you know!
Use the hashtag #GodInAction so we can see what you’re up to!