This week in Antioch Kids, we are celebrating Jesus as the King of Kings. It was customary for many of God’s people to travel to Jerusalem for Passover, the major Jewish spring festival. Jesus and His disciples traveled to Jerusalem as well. Just before they got there, Jesus sent two disciples ahead into a village to bring Him a donkey. Jesus sat on top of the donkey and rode it into Jerusalem.
When people saw Jesus coming down they street, they recognized him as their promised king. To worship him, they laid their robes on the ground in front of Him. They also waved palm branches high in the air. As Jesus passed by, he could hear them shouting, “Hosanna!” Hosanna means: save us.
All of these people hoped that Jesus would save them, but from what? They believed He would save them from the Romans, the foreign army who had invaded their land. They wanted a new ruler on the throne.
Jesus came to save them in a better way– he left heaven, came to Earth, and died on the cross so He could begin to reconcile his creation. He was inviting all of creation to return to God– this includes you and me!
Jesus is the Son of God who came to overthrow sin and set up an eternal throne. One day, Jesus will return to earth as King over everything. As you prepare for and celebrate Easter, help your kids understand these truths:
- God’s promised Messiah was Jesus!
- Jesus came to reconcile and restore all of creation.
- Jesus came to Earth because He loves us.
- People praised Jesus as their King.