Jesus’ Triumphal Entry

Bible Passage: Matthew 21; Mark 11; Luke 19; John 12

Story Point: People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King

Memory Verse

And being found in appearance as a man he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death- even death on a cross!

Philippians 2:8


Let Go- Hillsong Y&F

Love was Born- Citizens Worship

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry

Questions from Kids

Discussion Questions:

Have your kid(s) open their Bibles to Matthew 21 and Luke 19. Explain that the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry is found in all four Gospels. Ask them to name the four Gospels. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) Remind them that the Gospels tell of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Read aloud Matthew 21:9 and Luke 19:38. All four of the accounts of the triumphal entry bring different details to the story. Because our Bible story today, as well as many others, are recorded in many of the Gospels, we can have a deeper insight into Jesus’ life and ministry.

Ask the following questions and discuss:

Why do you think the people welcomed Jesus as King?

Help your kid(s) recognize that the people knew the prophecies and believed Jesus was the Messiah who was promised long ago. Read Ps. 118:26.

What type of Messiah were the Jewish people expecting?

Help your kid(s) recognize that many were expecting the Messiah to be the conqueror of the Roman Empire, but God had another plan—a plan to save people from sin. Read Isa. 55:9.

What are some things you can trust God with in your life, knowing that His plans are best?

Help your kid(s) recognize that God is trustworthy and that we can trust Him in all areas of our life. Read Prov. 3:5-6.

Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, and people welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King. One day, Jesus will return to earth on a white horse and reign as King over everything for eternity.


Guess the word


•chalkboard, dry erase board, or sticky notes •chalk or marker

Lead your kid(s) in a guess-the-word game using key words from today’s Bible story. (hosanna, triumphal, Jesus, Jerusalem, king, donkey, Messiah, Roman, temple) Draw a blank for each letter of the word on a chalkboard, dry erase board, or use sticky notes on the wall. Call on your kid(s) one at a time to guess a letter. If a player guesses a letter in the word, he can guess another. If a player guesses a letter that does not appear in the word, his turn is over and play passes to the next person. The person who completes the word is the winner.

Activity Takeaway

The words in this game give you a few hints about the Bible story we talked about today. Do you remember what the story was about? Today we learned about the last week of Jesus’ life.