4.5.20 – Hosanna to the King!

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the mystery

Easter is sometimes called Resurrection Sunday because we celebrate the day Jesus rose from the grave.
Have you ever wondered what that means for you?
The cross and the empty tomb changed everything… Why?

Throughout this new series we’ll be examining Scripture and finding clues (like detectives) to answer this
and some other BIG QUESTIONS about Easter.

Our Bible story this week is the very beginning of the Easter story.  In this lesson, we’ll learn about the day Jesus rode on a donkey into Jerusalem.  This event happened just one week before Jesus died on the cross.

Let’s find this week’s lesson in the Bible, in Matthew 21:1-9.
today’s big question:
READ with us here


The people of Jerusalem saw Jesus entering the city on a donkey and shouted in praise! 

They joined in the procession, shouting “Hosanna!” Are you wondering why they did that?  Why would they lay their coats and palm branches on the road under Jesus?  Ms. Tara read that it was to fulfill prophecy… what does that mean?

Let’s look in the Scriptures to find out, detectives!

The people of Jerusalem read God’s word in Scripture, just like we do.  They believed what God said would happen in the future through prophets like Isaiah. 

In this investigation video, we’ll examine some clues in the Old Testament.

If you want to follow the investigation, you can print out this Evidence Report to fill in as we read the prophecies.

Some of the clues are encrypted!  You can use this printable Secret Decoder to help you decipher the words and finish the clues.

Ms. Kelly shows us how to easily assemble and use the Decoder in this next video.


DIscussion questions

  • What animal did Jesus ride?
  • What were people waving as Jesus rode past?
  • What does Hosanna mean?
  • How do you think the people in the crowd felt as they watched Jesus ride past?
  • Why did they lay their coats under Jesus?
  • How can you praise Jesus this week?
F A O Q O       E O       P D A       I A O O E W D
Use your decoder to solve this puzzle!
Did you solve the puzzle?
Post your answer on the C4KIDS facebook page!

close the case

The people of Israel believed God’s promise to send a savior, a righteous king to deliver them from bondage, from sin.  They waited for a long time for him to come.

They called their promised savior king “Messiah,” which means “anointed one” or “chosen one.”

As Jesus rode in to Jerusalem that day, the people put together the clues and recognized Him as their Messiah.  They knew then that He was the one they had been waiting for.  Can you imagine their joy and excitement?!

They were celebrating the coming of Jesus, their king and ours, and the salvation He was bringing!

There are many other prophecies about the Messiah in the Old Testament, and Jesus fulfills every single one of them.


Jesus was sent from Heaven to save God’s people from eternal punishment for sin. And He’ll return one day as our forever King.  What an amazing reason to praise and celebrate Him!

We can worship Jesus as our Lord and celebrate Him as our Savior every day, not just at Easter time.  But celebrating these very special days each year at Easter time is one way to remember God’s promises and praise Him for His goodness.

And that solves this case!  great work, detectives!


Here’s a playlist for you to praise God all week!

I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.    Psalm 34:1


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