RETURN OF THE KING /// Luke 19:30, 35-40

Before you start

READ through this pdf. PREP FOR PARENTS/CARERS.

COLLECT the following:

  • Pictures showing the welcome different famous people are given: Red carpet for film stars, screaming fans for pop stars, cheering stadium for a sports team, military parade for heads of state, golden carriages, flag waving and body guards. (could be on a laptop or iPad)
  • Something to be the donkey that a child would ride on: scooter, a chair on wheels, a box that slides along the floor or an adult on all fours!
  • Coats or jumpers.

PRINT this pdf single-sided on A4 paper. ILLUSTRATION AND ACTIVITY SHEET. On a PC/MAC you may need to right click and select Save As.

Grand entrance

Have some pictures prepared showing the welcome different famous people are given: Red carpet for film stars, screaming fans for pop stars, cheering stadium for a sports team, military parade for heads of state, golden carriages, flag waving and body guards. Think about what this tells us about these famous people.

Link: Jesus didn’t arrive like important or famous people, who want to look impressive and powerful. But the crowd wanted to cheer and sing. Let’s find out why Jesus deserves to be praised.

Start by doing a quick drama of Luke 19:35-40. At major points in the story, stop and ask the children “What do you think that would have looked like? Can you act it out?” Then sit down with Bibles open. On a large sheet of paper draw the table below:

Once you have gone through the passage, make sure you tell the children a point or two about what this teaches us about Jesus as God’s king. Keep in mind the Big Idea and the questions you thought through in Take 10 minutes to focus.

Want more?

Have a print out of Zechariah 9:9-10. Start by explaining that this promise of a king was given by God to Zechariah 500 years before Jesus rode into Jerusalem. He lived at a time when God’s people had just been allowed back to Jerusalem, after 70 years of being kept away. When they arrived back it was in ruins. How do you think they felt?

As you look at Zechariah 9:9-10, circle anything that describes the king. What do we learn about him in this promise?

Can you put it into your own words? Help the children to see that as the crowds cheered their king (in Luke 19) they would have been thinking about these promises. Which of the promises here would they have been most looking forward to?

Optional Extra

Try something different:

Play the children a sketch about speaking stones from the Faith in Kids podcast.

For more episodes for parents and kids see https://faithinkids.org/podcast

Explain that one of the children is going to step outside the door, wait for a signal and then walk in.The group will decide on who they will pretend that this child is – a particular person or character.

So you could pretend the child walking in is a sports star, or the Prime Minister, or a film star or someone famous from history or just an ordinary child – themselves! As the child walks into the room the group will behave as if that’s the case. For each different person get the children to think carefully about how they would behave, what they would shout and how they would feel. The child walking in could guess who they are.

Link: We treat people differently. Even different famous people would be treated differently by us. Today’s story showed the different responses to Jesus. What will your response be?

Think Time

Use the illustrations to help the children remember the story. Help them to see the different responses of people to Jesus when he arrived in Jerusalem.

Use the worksheet to aid your discussion.

Did you spot it?

If you were reporters at the scene, what would you tell your viewers about what had happened? Use the pictures on the worksheet to give the children ideas of what they could talk about.

Work it out

• Why do you think the crowds were so happy? Write their ideas around the crowd on the worksheet. Use the thermometer to gauge how excited the crowd were.

• What did they believe about Jesus that made them go nuts for him?

• Was Jesus serious about the stones crying out? What did he mean by this?

• (If you looked at Zechariah 9) What was there in the promises that you would be excited about?

Live it out

Key Questions: Who would you shout out for?

Whose arrival would get you singing and dancing?

Do you have anything to shout out about for Jesus?

Fill in the speech bubbles on the worksheet. Use the thermometer to gauge how excited they are about Jesus.

Extra Stretch

What were the Pharisees feeling? (it’s quite complex) Can you suggest two or three different things that
were going on in their heads? Why might people today want to shut down people who are talking about how great Jesus is?

Does that change how you feel about Jesus?
How will today’s story help you to keep praising Jesus even when people want to stop you?

Prayer Idea

Thank God for Jesus! What would you shout out as Jesus rides by? Turn that into a prayer.

The End!

You’ve done it!

Was it perfect? Don’t worry if it wasn’t!

Was it chaotic? Probably!

Was it worth it? Most definitely.

I’d love to hear your feedback and encouragements. Email dan AT farnhambaptist DOT org . uk or use the contact form on this website.