Matthew 21:1-16; Luke 19:28-40
THE PEOPLE PRAISE JESUS
There was a prophet long, long ago who told how Jesus would come into the city of
Jerusalem. It came true, just like God’s prophet said it would. Everything that God says will
happen just the way He said. This story is about a special time when the people praised Jesus.
We should praise Him, too.
1. A special celebration feast was coming up in Jerusalem.
2. Many people, including Jesus and His disciples, traveled to Jerusalem for the feast.
3. Jesus and His disciples stopped at a village close to Jerusalem. Jesus told two of His
disciples to go into the village and find a donkey colt tied there. They were to take
it to Jesus.
4. No one had ridden this donkey; Jesus would be the first.
5. Isaiah, the prophet of God many, many years ago, told the people this would happen.
6. The disciples went into the village and found the donkey colt. When the owner asked
what they were doing, they answered, “The Lord needs to use this donkey,” just as Jesus
had told them.
7. The followers of Jesus put their coats on the donkey and sat Jesus on it; others spread
tree branches on the road where Jesus would be riding the donkey.
8. The people treated Jesus like a king; they sang praises to Him and recognized Him as the
“One who comes in the name of the Lord.”
9. Some in the crowd hated Jesus and asked Jesus to tell His followers to be quiet.
10. Jesus answered them, “If they would be quiet, the stones would call out to say that I am the
Matthew 21:5 “…Your King is coming to you…”
Have you ever seen a parade where lots of people where shouting and excited? Sometimes, in
a parade, important or famous people come by and everyone cheers or claps. Listen to this
lesson to see who the people were cheering for.
It was a special time of year for Jesus and His disciples. A special celebration feast was
coming up in Jerusalem and lots of people traveled to the big city to celebrate. Jesus and the
disciples were also traveling to Jerusalem. When they were close to Jerusalem, they stopped
near a village close to the Mount of Olives. Jesus told two of His disciples to go to the village
and get a donkey colt. No one had ever ridden this donkey. Jesus was to be the first to ride it.
Many, many years before this happened, a prophet of God said this would happen just this way.
The prophet’s name was Isaiah and he said (Isaiah 62:11), “Tell the people of Jerusalem you king
is coming to you. He is gentle and riding on a donkey. He is on a donkey colt.”
Jesus told His disciples that if anyone asked them why they were taking the donkey, they
should say, “The Lord needs to use this donkey.”
The disciples left; they found the donkey tied up – just as Jesus had told them. The disciples
untied it, but the owner came out and asked them what they were doing. The disciples said, “The
Lord needs to use this donkey.” The owners were happy to let Jesus use the donkey. The
disciples brought the donkey to Jesus. They put their coats on the donkey’s back, and then Jesus
sat on it.
As Jesus rode into Jerusalem, many, many people came out to greet Him. Some people put
their coats on the road for Jesus to ride on. Others put soft, leafy palm branches on the road.
They were treating Jesus like a king! The people also sang praises to Jesus. They sang,
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD! Hosanna in
But, there were some people in the crowd who hated Jesus. They said, “Teacher, tell your
disciples to be quiet!” Jesus said, “If they would be quiet, the stones would call out to say that I
am the Savior!”
Well, I hope you liked the story about Jesus and the people praising Him. Even the children
were praising Jesus and following Him. He loves you so much. And, He is happy when you
Even though some people don’t believe the Bible, everything in the Bible is true. The verses
about Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey came true that day – even the part about the
children singing praises to Jesus! Whether or not you believe it, Jesus will come back for His
followers some day soon, to take them home to be with Him and the other faithful followers. It
will really happen, just like everything else that has come true in the Bible.
1. Why was Jesus going to Jerusalem?
2. Who was with Jesus?
3. Where did Jesus stop outside Jerusalem?
4. Why did Jesus tell two disciples to go into the village?
5. What were the disciples to tell the owners of the donkey colt?
6. What did Jesus do with the donkey colt?
7. What did the people do with the palm branches?
8. How did the people treat Jesus?
9. How did the people praise Jesus?
10. How do we praise Jesus today?
Discuss: How would an animal (such as a horse or a donkey) act that had never been ridden
before? Did this animal do that? Why do you think the donkey “behaved?” Was it
carrying Someone very special?
Did the people really think Jesus was a king? Is He really a king? Is it the kind of
king we think about today? Where is Jesus’ throne?
Why did Jesus not tell His followers to be quiet as some of the people wanted Him
ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES:
Book # 1 – Big Puzzles for Little Hands – The Bible Tells Me So (ages 3-8) (p. 50)
Book # 2 – Big Puzzles for Little Hands – Children of the Bible (ages 3-8) (pp. 87-88)
Book # 4 – Big Puzzles for Little Hands - Jesus’ Life and Lesson (ages 3-8) (p. 70)
Book # 8 – Bible Stories about Jesus (ages 4-5) (pp. 54-55)
Book # 10 – Bible Crafts on a Shoestring Budget (grades 3 & 4) (p. 57)
Book # 12 – Bible Crafts on a Shoestring Budget (ages 4 & 5) (p. 59)
Book # 23 – New Testament Coloring and Activity Book (Intermediate) (pp. 38-39)
Book # 35 – Little Tot Dot-to-Dot (p. 49)
Book # 36 – Bible Stories about Jesus (grades 1 & 2) (pp. 56-57)
Book # 37 – Bible Stories about Jesus (grades 3 & 4) (pp. 54-55)
Book # 39 – Bible Puzzles for Kids (ages 6-8) (p. 97)
Lesson # 27 – “The Lord’s Supper”
Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-23, John 13:21-34
Memory Verse: Luke 22:19, “…do this in remembrance of Me.”