Eggbert, the Easter eggs-plorer, uncovers a new part of the Easter story each week in an Easter egg. This four-part series shows preschoolers that God sent Jesus to save the world, and that only Jesus has the power to save. This week we learn about an Easter Parade for Jesus, Matthew 21:1-11
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and get ready to dance!
Check out the story from week 1 of “Easter with Eggbert”
ASK YOUR KID
What did people do with palm branches? Waved them at Jesus.
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Matthew 21:1-11
Imagine a parade—loud, fun, crowded and full of excitement. The parade to welcome a king – the Messiah must have been a parade times 10. The Bible tells us that praise filled the streets for Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem. Crowds of people threw out their coats and waved palm branches, both signs to honor a victorious king. This was Jesus plainly announcing his identity. No longer did he ask his disciples to be quiet about who he was. Instead, he entered the city like a king.
However, Jesus was a different kind of king. He was also humble. Instead of riding in on a majestic horse, this king chose something quiet; something gentle. He came riding in on a baby donkey.
The people watching this scene unfold knew the words of Zechariah 9:9, “… Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” And right before their eyes was Jesus, the exact fulfillment of this prophecy written down 500 years earlier.
This powerful image should’ve clued them into the fact that Jesus would be a different kind of king and Messiah – not a king of war who would end their oppression from Rome with a violent revolt, but instead a humble king of mercy and peace, who was coming to deliver them from an even greater, darker oppression – their sin.
But, the people were weary and hungry for battle, and they missed the purpose of Jesus that day. Five days later they were shouting different things at Jesus, and instead of welcoming him into the city, they were spitting on him as he walked up a hill with a cross, to die.
As much as we may want to believe we would’ve seen the significance of the way Jesus entered Jerusalem, this story should also remind us of all the times we have missed the forest for the trees.
Had the people then realized what Jesus was really bringing—salvation for everyone forever— the parade may have been even more spectacular. Someday we’ll have that parade. The Bible describes that in Revelation 7:9-10 “… a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb [that’s Jesus], clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, …”
God is eternal and faithful. How do these two qualities comfort you?
“Only Jesus has the power to save,” Acts 4:12.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our preschool curriculum written for 3-5 year olds. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is a powerful, loving, and trustworthy friend who cares about us. They learn that God sent Jesus to save the world. In a large group format, preschoolers sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids play a Big Group Game, then transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope preschoolers learn through fun, and begin to understand who God is and how much he loves them.