Year 2, Spring: Lesson 4
What we learned today
Big Idea: Jesus is king
The Triumphal Entry: Matthew 21v1–11. As foretold in Scripture, Jesus enters Jerusalem as the humble King of Kings, riding on a donkey. The people greet Jesus with waving palm branches, a path of coats, and cries of “Hosannah!”
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: Jesus is the promised savior
Easter: Genesis—Revelation. From the very beginning of The Big God Story, God promised a Savior to redeem humankind. Jesus, God’s own Son, is the Promised Savior.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
In the beginning, there was no need for a redeemer. The world was perfect, and man was in perfect union with God (Genesis 1—2) … until sin entered the world!
In the end, the world will again be free from the ravages of sin and the influence of evil (Revelation 21—22).
The journey between the above two points is told in The Big God Story, the Bible, and centers upon the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. He is the Messiah, the Christ. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of everything hoped for and the basis of our future hope. Jesus is the Promised Savior!
Jesus is the true hope of Israel who will vanquish evil and restore everything to how it is supposed to be. He is, and will be, the victorious Lord of all.
Connect as a family
This week, read Psalm 145 with your children. (Consider reading this from the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) or the New LivingTranslation (NLT).) If you haven’t done it before, take time to tell your faith story and the faith stories of family members from other generations. Then celebrate together with a round of applause or a “Yahoo!” to God. Remind your children that they’ll hear more about The Big God Story at church this week. Pray together as you close.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What does this passage tell us about God?
What can we praise God for?
What is the biggest thing you know God has done for you?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how Jesus Is the Promised Savior 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 God strengthen you with His power. May you understand how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus, the promised Savior who came for you (reference Ephesians 3:16–18).