*Easter postings are being reposted from last year April 2011
Lesson Learned:  Jesus came to Jerusalem on a donkey.

Materials Needed: brown construction paper, yard stick or ruler, markers
Bible Verse : 
Matthew 21:1-11
 1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
 5 “Say to Daughter Zion,
   ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
   and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
   “Hosanna to the Son of David!”
   “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
   “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
 11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Talking Points:  Jesus knew that one day He would come to Jerusalem to teach people all about God and God’s ways.  He came into the city riding on a donkey.  Often, a donkey was what kings or royalty during the that time would ride because they didn’t have cars or bikes back then.  Jesus rode a donkey because He knew he would be the king in heaven and we will see Him someday if we believe in Him.
Questions:  Have you ever ridden a horse or a donkey? Why did Jesus ride a donkey and not a car? Do you think Jesus is a good king?
Cut out the figure of a donkey’s head. Use markers to draw on eyes and a mane.  Glue the figure onto a yard stick and let the child ride the donkey around the house. 
(you could use this picture as a template for a donkey’s head: http://www.bluebonnetvillage.com/horse.htm)
Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to teach us all about Your ways.  He is King of Kings  and we hope to glorify Him all the days of our lives. Amen!

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