Today is Palm Sunday, the start of the Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday. Before Jesus went into Jerusalem, he asked his disciples to bring him a donkey. “And if any man say ought unto you” that means like hey don’t take my donkey what are you doing? Jesus told them to say, “The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.” I love this scripture. It shows us that the person who owned the donkey didn’t hesitate to give it when Jesus needed it. Do we freely give to Jesus what he needs? He has taught us that he needs our hearts and our hands to love him, to love others, and to serve others. When Jesus came into the city gate on the donkey the people were waving branches of palm trees. They were excited to see him and said, “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Hosanna means “please Lord save us.”
Elder Gerrit W. Gong said, “The sacred events between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday are the story of hosanna and hallelujah. Hosanna is our plea for God to save. Hallelujah expresses our praise to the Lord for the hope of salvation and exaltation. In hosanna and hallelujah we recognize the living Jesus Christ as the heart of Easter and latter-day restoration.”
I know God did come to save us from sin and death. I love him and he loves you.
Make a Palm Tree Branch
You will need at least 2 sheets of green construction paper. Trace your child’s hand. You will need about 8 handprints. Attach the hands to a stick with masking tape, then cut out a long piece of paper to cover the taped side, attach with glue stick. Watch the video to see how we put them together.
Act it Out!
Have your kids act out the story of when the people greeting Jesus with palm branches. The scriptures said that they said, “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
8-Day Holy Week Easter Egg Hunt Printable
Did you download this week’s countdown? Have your child color in today’s egg and picture of the donkey. Tomorrow just scan the code and go to Day 7 to learn about how Jesus cleansed the temple.
Click on the link each day to access a short video lesson, primary song, and activity.