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3.3 Go Deeper Early Childhood.pdf
3.3 Go Deeper K5.pdf
3.3 Bonus Activities.pdf
Our Hope is in Jesus our Deliverer
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may
abound in hope.” Romans 15:13 (ESV)
Today we heard how Jesus and His disciples were in Jerusalem for Passover. The Pirates learned that Passover
is one of the most important Jewish festivals, and it is a way to remember and celebrate how God delivered His
people from slavery in Egypt. Today is Palm Sunday. So let’s back up to just before the Passover, and learn a
little bit more about Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem that day.
Read: Matthew 21:2-9
Hundreds of thousands of people traveled to Jerusalem to attend Passover. Many of the people coming to the
Passover festival in Jerusalem hoped that Jesus would be there. Imagine a crowd of people, all hoping to see
one person: Jesus. They had heard about how Jesus healed sick people, blind people, and people who were
paralyzed—and how He’d even raised a man from the dead!
Jesus knew that His choice to ride in on a donkey would fulfill a prophecy from Zechariah 9:9 and would reveal
Him as King. But there was another reason Jesus chose a donkey to ride. You see, back in Bible times, a donkey
represented humility and peace. Jesus rode on a donkey to show His people that He is indeed the true King, our
Deliverer, and that He came in peace.
Palm branches represent victory. The people shouted, “Hosanna!” They were praising God for sending Jesus,
the Messiah, to save them. The people recognized, in that moment, that Jesus is the King of Kings! He deserves
to be worshipped! He came to bring victory over sin and death!
Jesus is the King of Kings! He is the King over everything because He is God and He came to deliver us! Our
Hope is in Jesus Our Deliverer. The Israelites had expected for so long that the Messiah would be a warrior
king, and they wanted Him to save them from the Romans. And Jesus did come to save them, but not from the
Romans. He had a bigger plan. Jesus came to save people by dying on the cross for their sins and coming back
to life again. He came to save people from being separated from God forever! He came to make a way for all of
us to have a personal relationship with God.
TALK ABOUT IT
● Why did Jesus ride on a donkey?
● Why did the people wave palm branches?
● The word "Hosanna" is an expression of adoration, praise, and joy. It comes from the Hebrew word that means "save now" or "save us, we pray." Why do you think the crowd chose this word to shout?
WORSHIP OUR DELIVERER AND KING
Create and decorate a paper crown. On it write down as many words as you want to describe who Jesus is to
you and why He is worthy to be praised. Choose a spot in your home to display your crowns as a reminder to
worship God this week in all you do. But what is worship really? Worship is anything we do with the purpose of
bringing praise to God. So, cleaning your room, if done to please God, is worship. Obeying your parents, if done
to please God, is worship. Singing worship songs, if done to please God, is worship. Praying, if done to please
God, is worship. This week, as we prepare to celebrate Easter, let’s keep our hearts and minds focused on
worshipping Jesus our Deliverer!
Week of March 15:
EC Go Deeper.pdf
K5 Go Deeper.pdff
Week of March 22:
Early Childhood Go Deeper Handouts.pdf
K5 Go Deeper Handouts.pdf
Week of March 29:
3.29 Early Childhood Go Deeper Handouts.pdf3.29 K5 Go Deeper Handouts.pdf
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