Year 2, Spring: Lesson 3
What we learned today
Big Idea: God is faithful
The Walls of Jerusalem Rebuilt: Nehemiah 1—4; 6—9. With God’s help, Nehemiah leads God’s people in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: Jesus is king
The Triumphal Entry: Matthew 21v1–11. The people greet Jesus with praise as He rides into Jerusalem on a donkey.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
The triumphal entry of King Jesus took place the Sunday before the crucifixion, shortly after He raised Lazarus from the dead.
Even though Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was foretold by the prophets and pointed to the coming of the Messiah King, the manner in which He came was unexpected by the Jewish people of His day. They were expecting a mighty warrior, but instead Jesus came as a humble servant.
There will come a day when Jesus will again ride into Jerusalem, clothed in regal splendor, riding on a white horse, and will enter victoriously into the city as the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19v11–16).
Connect as a family
One night this week, have each family member sit on a coat as you read Matthew 21v1–11. Then discuss with your children some things associated with being a king—for instance, crowns, jewels, and thrones. Ask how that’s different from what you just read about Jesus. Share with your children how Zechariah foretold that the Messiah King would enter the city exactly the way Jesus did that day. Discuss how Jesus will return one day as the King of all kings.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What does it mean that Jesus is King?
What makes Jesus different from other kings?
What can we learn from Jesus’ example that day?
How can we show that Jesus is our King?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God Is Faithful into your everyday life as a family.
A blessing can be a spoken prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement and guidance over your child.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you always remember Jesus is King over all the earth and the heavens. May you always remember His great love for you.