The Entry into Jerusalem

The following is a list of Bible Truths in Matthew 21:1-11, the story of the entry into Jerusalem.

  1. Jesus fulfilled Zechariah's prophecy of the arrival of a king and savior.  Matthew 21:4-5; Zechariah 9:9.
  2. The people praised and honored Jesus.  Matthew 21:8-9.

The following activities can be used to teach the Bible Story and truths.

Bible Story Activities.
Prophecy fulfilled.  Use this activity to help the children understand that Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets.
Ask the children to read and compare Matthew 21:4-5 and Zechariah 9:9.
Zechariah lived around 520 BC.  At this time, Israel was a defeated nation.  The Babylonians destroyed the city of Jerusalem in 586 BC and held Israel's leaders captive until 539 BC.  The Israelites were still trying to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.  The Israelites wanted to be a great nation again.
Zechariah told the Israelites that God would send a king who would save them from their enemies.
Jesus was the king and savior Zechariah told the Israelites to expect.

Games.

I'll Give You a Hint.  Use this game together with the following Key Words and Phrases to help the children understand why they should honor and praise Jesus and the different ways to do that.
Key Words and Phrases:
Reasons to honor and praise Jesus:  savior, eternal life, son of God, Messiah, crucified, loves, forgives sin, alive, resurrection, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent.
Ways to honor and praise Jesus:  obey, sing, pray, worship, behave, read Bible, tell about Jesus.

Coloring Page.

Donkey.

Clip Art.

Donkey.
 
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