BIG IDEA: JESUS IS THE GREATEST KING
AIM: The aim of the ‘The Greatest King’ Childrens Lesson on The Triumphal Entry is to help children remember that Jesus is the greatest king -the King of kings – and they can invite Him to be the king of their lives.
- Find the Donkey. (regular/widescreen) Use the donkey images to place around the room or hide them within an obstacle course. Then have teams relay around the room or through the obstacle course to collect the donkeys.
- Kings and Queens Relay. (regular/widescreen) Children race to the end of the room to try on a King or Queen outfit over their clothes. They put it on and then take it off, run back and tag the next player in the team. That player then does the same and so on. The team to all complete the race first is the winning team.
- Pin the Crown (regular/widescreen) Using the King PDF and the crowns PDF you will cut out the crowns and put some sticky back tape on them. Stick the poster up to the wall. Blindfold children and have them take turns to stick the crowns on the king’s head.
BIG VERSE: Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” Luke 9:48
Shorten this to: “It is the one who is least that shall be the greatest” Luke 9:48.
SET the Scene:
- What did Jesus ride into Jerusalem on?
- Who came to meet Jesus?
- What did the people do to greet Jesus?
- What words did the people use to welcome him?
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1) JESUS IS THE GREATEST KING
Kingly Facts? (regular/widescreen) Using the Kingly Facts images, invite the children to work out if the statements are fact or false. Explain to younger children that a fact is something that is true.
FACT: Now King Nebuchadnezzar had a gold statue made. That statue was 90 feet high and 9 feet wide. He set up the statue on the plain of Dura in the area of Babylon. Daniel 3:1.
FALSE: Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the LORD than any of those before him.1 Kings 16:30.
FACT: After God took him away, God made David their king. This is what God said about him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse. He is the kind of man I want. He will do all that I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22.
FALSE: The king became very upset when he heard this. He wanted to save Daniel, and he worked hard until sunset trying to think of a way to save him. Daniel 6:14.
FACT: Herod did not give the glory to God. So an angel of the Lord caused him to become sick. He was eaten by worms and died. Acts 12:23.
Say: There have been so many kings – past and present – but each one of them has done something wrong. None of them has been perfect. The kings in the Bible all made mistakes and disobeyed God in some way.
Jesus is the greatest king because He never did anything wrong – He is completely perfect and good. He always makes decisions to help people. He always thinks of others first.
A good king looks after his kingdom and takes care of his people first. Jesus is the greatest king because he uses His power for good. He’s the greatest king because He is not only a mere man, but God. The King of all kings! He reigns over all the world!
The people of Jerusalem knew that Jesus was a king. That’s why they shouted ‘Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is the one that comes in the name of the Lord.” They there their coats down on the floor and grabbed palm tree leaves. You see, Jesus didn’t have a palace or crown jewels whilst He lived on the earth, but He is the King of all creation and He reigns over the world!
2) I CHOOSE TO WORSHIP MY KING
You will need some palm tree leaves made of paper or cardstock using the Color Palm Leaves or the Plain Palm Leaves. Using the palm tree leaves encourage some children to and wave them as another child acts as Jesus and walks by. Encourage the children to shout out ‘Blessed is the King of Israel!’ as he walks.
Say: Just as the people worshipped Jesus, bowing down when he rode by and shouting his praises. We can choose to worship Jesus too.
That might seem strange, especially if we haven’t grown up in church. Yet even at a football game the crowd will cheer for the team they support. We’ll sing along with all the best hits at a concert too. When we do those things we are showing those playing the football or the music that we support them, that we love what they do.
When we worship Jesus at church we might lift our hands, close our eyes, sing really loud or dance as a way of showing Jesus that we are on His team – we support Him. We are showing Him that He is our King and we love Him! We can also worship Jesus in church or wherever we go. There are many different ways to worship; it doesn’t have to be through singing or playing a musical instrument, the way we live our life also shows others that we love Jesus and what He does in our lives.
To worship Jesus all we first have to choose to make him our king. That means putting Him in charge of our lives. Then we can worship Him like the greatest king deserves – a king that is not only a man, but God himself! Now, that is someone worth worshipping!
SEARCH the Scriptures:
KEEP YOUR CROWN. (regular/widescreen) Throw crowns onto bottles or bowling pins. Wrapped around it is a bible verse. Print off the Jesus as King Bible Verse Printable for this. If a crown lands on the bottle/bowling pin, the child gets to keep the crown. The team with the most Bible verses ringed at the end is the winning team. Bible verses about Jesus as king.
- If you were a king, how would you live?
- If you met a King or Queen what would you do?
- What makes Jesus the greatest king?
- Why did Jesus come into Jerusalem on a donkey if he was a king?
- How should you approach the King of kings each day?
SENSE How You Feel:
Encourage the children to think through what it means for Jesus to be welcomed as a king.
How would it feel to meet a king?
As the children think about this invite them to do one or more of the activities below.
- Make a clothespin donkey with the Donkey craft Printable template provided. Simply color and cut it out and attach clothespins for legs.
- Design a royal crest. Hand each child a plain piece of paper and encourage them to think about their likes and dislikes. If they had to create a royal crest for themselves, what would they include? Alternatively encourage them to make a royal crest for Jesus.
- Sensory: Have lots of jewels in a box or tub for children to feel and think about Jesus as king.
- Sensory: Place donkey figures, palm tree leaves and sand in a tuff tray or tub for children to feel.
- Build: a king’s palace using Lego or building blocks.
- Mould a king’s crown out of clay/playdough or mould a donkey and palm leaves.
- Fill in/color the activity sheets for 5-7s and 8-11s
This session wouldn’t be complete without asking the children if they would like to invite Jesus to be their king.