Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as a King

Bible Passage: Luke 19:28-40

Story Point: Jesus came to Jerusalem to show He is king.

Key Passage: - If my people... turn from their evil ways, then I will... forgive their sin, and heal their land. -2 Chronicles 7:14

Big Picture Question: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? God planned to send Jesus.

CHRIST CONNECTION: The world is broken by sin. Sin is anything that God does not want. God promised to send a perfect King to save the world. In all of our Bible stories so far, everyone was waiting, waiting, and waiting for the perfect king to come. When Jesus came on the donkey, people were happy to see the king they had been waiting for - Jesus is that perfect king! Jesus was getting ready to die on the cross and save us from our sin.




What to do: Have one person be a leader and everyone else copy the leader. The leader says ‘See the king comes...’ then what you expect to see accompanied with an action. Have the others copy the action.

  • See the king comes waving at the crowds – wave
  • See the king comes wearing a crown – adjust crown
  • See the king comes driving an expensive car – steer car
  • See the kind comes with soldiers – march on the spot
  • See the king comes with trumpets – hand out gifts
  • See the king comes with trumpets – blow trumpets

SAY • Great job acting out what we do when an important person comes to town. Today is Palm Sunday. It’s the day we remember when Jesus came to town and got ready to do God’s plan. Jesus came to fix what sin broke.


What you need:

  • Green construction paper or white paper (whatever you have) Safety scissors
  • Crayons
  • Dowel, branch from yard, ruler, paint stick (whatever you have!)

What to do: Have the children trace their hand on a piece of green construction paper and cut it out. For younger children, help them trace and cut out. If you don’t have green paper use copy paper and children can color it. Have children write their name on their handprint and glue/tape to the dowel or branch or paint stick. Attach as many hands as you want. Consider having every member of the family trace and cut out a hand. If desired, hang it from your front door.

SAY • Many years before Jesus was born, the prophets said God would send a perfect king. God planned all along that Jesus would die on the cross for our sin. Today we remember the day that Jesus came to town before going to the cross. The people waved palm branches at Jesus and said “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Shout for joy

What you need: THIS SONG!

What you do: Play music and invite kids to move freely around the room. Stop the music, guide the kids to freeze, and help them shout, “Hosanna!” Start the music and play again as time allows.

SAY Hosanna means “save now.” Only Jesus can save. God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us. JESUS IS ALIVE.


What you need:

  • A broom
  • Some jackets

What to do: Put some jackets on the floor. Turn broom upside down and have kids pretend they are riding a donkey over the jackets (or give donkey rides on your back). Have them shout “Hosanna” or “Glory in the Highest!”

SAY • Jesus knew He was coming to the city to save the people. He knew something the people didn’t understand yet. He knew He had to die on the cross for their sins so He could rescue them from punishment. Jesus came to fix a broken world.

questions to talk about

  1. What did Jesus ask two of His friends to bring to Him? (a donkey and her colt)
  2. What did the people lay on the road in front of Jesus? (their robes and palm branches)
  3. What does the word hosanna mean? (save now)
  4. What did Jesus say would cry out if people didn’t praise Him? (the rocks)
  5. Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from sin.