Welcome to Our Savior Hawaii's Online Sunday School! Today is Palm Sunday. It's the start of Holy Week, the special week before Easter. Let's learn and explore what makes it set a part from all the other weeks in the year.
- What was the best moment of the last week for you? The worst?
- How did you see God at work in the last week? What is your God sighting?
Sing and Dance
Matthew 21:1-11 NIV
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 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. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“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.’”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 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!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week. The week starts with a parade, but then things get serious and sad for Jesus and his friends. On Thursday, we hear about Jesus' last meal with his friends. On Friday, Jesus dies for us. On Sunday, just wait! It's an ever bigger celebration than today.