Palm Sunday, April 5

Journey Spiritual Conversations

Verse of the Week

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!”

-Matthew 21:9

Video for the week

The BibleProject, Messiah

In this video, we explore the mysterious promise on page three of the Bible, that a promised deliverer would one day come to confront evil and rescue humanity. The Bible Project traces this theme through the family of Abraham, the messianic lineage of David, and ultimately to Jesus who defeated evil by letting it defeat him.

Challenge of the week

Take communion together this week to remember Jesus who died for you!

Scripture focus

Matthew 21:1-11 NIV

1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying 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. 3If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4This 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.' ” 6The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The 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!” 10When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” 11The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” …

Spiritual conversation

Have you ever had friends who were there for the good times but didn’t stick around for the bad stuff? Jesus experienced that—to the extreme!

On Sunday, Jesus was the most popular man in Jerusalem. By Thursday night of that same week—when he was arrested—even his best friends had deserted him.  By the time he was crucified on that Friday, the city that had sung his praises showed up again... to mock and spit at him.

People were upset because Jesus wasn’t who everyone had hoped he would be—he was more. The Jews expected a conquering king. But Jesus didn’t have an earthly kingdom in mind.  His was a heavenly one!  When Christ died on the cross, he saved everyone who calls on his name. 

The Jewish people lived in uncertain days…just like we do.  But those who stayed true to Christ were guaranteed a life of meaning, love, and an eternity with God!
(I recommend your whole family takes turns answering these questions. It’s always better when parents give their input, too!)

One

On a scale of 1 to 10, how good of a friend would you say you are?  Why do you say that?

Two

What are the qualities you look for in a friend?

Three

Have you ever felt abandoned by someone you cared about, or know someone else who did?  Talk about that.

Four

Jesus knew a lot of people who said they were his friends…but many deserted him.  How important is loyalty in your life?  Why?  Who is the most loyal person you know?

Five

What does being loyal to Jesus look like?  Do you consider yourself loyal to Christ?  Why or why not?

Six

What can you do to draw closer to God as a family?

Seven


Take prayer requests, pray for each other, and spend some time asking God to heal our world.