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1 Unit 20, Session 1: Jesus Triumphal Entry Unit 20, Session 2: Jesus Crucifixion and Resurrection **Note to leaders: Use the tweets, status updates, and s included in this document to keep parents informed of the Bible learning that their children are experiencing in the Gospel Project for Kids. Choose a method that works best for your church.**

2 Unit 20, Session 1: Jesus Triumphal Entry TWEETS During Jesus triumphal entry, He rode on a donkey. One day, Jesus will return to earth on a white horse as King. #thegospelprojectkids ( Christ Connection Characters) During Jesus triumphal entry, people welcomed Him as King. Jesus was the Messiah spoken about in Zechariah 9:9. #thegospelprojectkids ( Content Characters) STATUS UPDATE During Jesus triumphal entry, the people welcomed Him as King. Jesus was the Messiah spoken about by the prophet Zechariah: Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey (Zechariah 9:9). One day, Jesus will return to earth on a white horse as King over everything. (Revelation 19:11) Unit 20, Session 1: Jesus Triumphal Entry Dear Parents, The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday the day Jesus entered Jerusalem as the King of kings the week of Passover. Many of God s people traveled to Jerusalem for Passover. Jesus and His disciples traveled to Jerusalem as well. Near Bethphage (BETH fayj) and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples ahead into a village to bring a donkey to Him. Jesus made a spectacular entrance into the city. He rode the donkey, and people laid branches and their robes on the ground in front of Him. The people welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem believed He was the promised Messiah, but they expected Him to overthrow Roman oppression and set up an earthly throne. Jesus sent a different message. The next day, Jesus entered the temple and turned over the tables of the money changers and those selling doves. Jesus referred to Isaiah 56:7, declaring that His kingship would not just be over the Jews but over all people. While Jesus was in the temple, He healed the blind and the lame. Jesus actions declared, I am not just your King; I am also your God (Isa. 35:4-6). Finally, the priests and the scribes heard the children in the temple worshiping Jesus as their King. Do You hear what these children are saying? they asked. Jesus replied, quoting Psalm 8:2. Jesus gladly received their praise because He was worthy of their

3 praise. Jesus is the Son of God who came to overthrow sin and set up an eternal throne. During Jesus triumphal entry, the people welcomed Him as King. Jesus was the Messiah spoken about by the prophet Zechariah: Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey (Zechariah 9:9). One day, Jesus will return to earth on a white horse as King over everything. (Revelation 19:11) As you prepare for and celebrate Easter, help your kids connect the dots between God s promises of a Messiah and Jesus coming. Help them understand why Jesus came: to save the world from sin! Check this session s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week. FAMILY STARTING POINTS Babies and Toddlers Jesus is alive. Jesus is God s Son. God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us. People praised Jesus as their King. Preschool Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from sin. People welcomed Jesus as their King. Kids Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin. People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King. UNIT KEY PASSAGE Romans 10:9 NEXT WEEK Jesus Crucifixion and Resurrection (Matthew 26:36 28:10; John 18:1 20:18)

4 Unit 20, Session 2: Jesus Crucifixion and Resurrection TWEETS Jesus crucifixion and resurrection is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die, but Jesus died in our place. #thegospelprojectkids ( Christ Connection Characters) Jesus was crucified to pay the penalty of sin. God was pleased with His sacrifice and raised Him to reign as King. #thegospelprojectkids ( Content Characters) STATUS UPDATE The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. God was pleased with Jesus sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. We are forgiven only through Jesus. (Acts 4:12) Unit 20, Session 2: Jesus Crucifixion and Resurrection Dear Parents, God s law for the people was plain. Read Deuteronomy 6:5. But God s people, and all people, have broken the law. We have loved other things more than we love God. That is sin. Jesus purpose for coming to earth was to save us from our sin. (Matt. 1:21) Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn t He just say, You are forgiven? God is just and requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive sin without requiring a payment would be unjust. According to God s Word, the payment of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) But not only is God just, He is also loving. That is why Jesus was willing to die in our place. Jesus came to live and die to show God s love to us (Rom. 5:7-8) so that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) Jesus came to die so that we would be forgiven. (Eph. 1:7) Jesus came to die to bring us to God. (1 Pet. 3:18) Jesus died on the cross to satisfy the wrath of God toward sin. Jesus resurrection proved that God was satisfied with Jesus sacrifice, and forgiveness and life are found in Him. (See 1 Cor. 15:17.) If Jesus had died but not been raised up, He would have been like military leaders who died without a throne. (Acts 5:33-37) But Jesus conquered death, just as He said He would. (John 2:19-21) Jesus resurrection gives us hope for our resurrection. (Rom. 6:5) And Romans 8:11

5 says that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will raise our bodies to life. Jesus crucifixion and resurrection are not the end of the story, but the center of it. The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. God was pleased with Jesus sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. We are forgiven only through Jesus. (Acts 4:12) Check this session s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week. FAMILY STARTING POINTS Babies and Toddlers Jesus is alive. Jesus is God s Son. Jesus died on the cross, but God made Jesus alive again. God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us. Preschool Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from sin. Jesus died on the cross and is alive. Kids Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin. Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin, and He is alive. UNIT KEY PASSAGE Romans 10:9 NEXT WEEK Jesus Was Tempted ( Matthew 4:1-11)

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