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One Main Truth:  Jesus received praise as King Jesus entering Jerusalem

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1 GAME: Yay! Team!

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  We Cheered for our Friends In the Game  / The people Cheered for Jesus In the Bible  / Jesus Your King Deserves Our Loudest Praise In your Life 

 This is Step 1

  1. Have all players line up on the outside of one line.
    2. When the coach says “go”, all players try to run to the other side without getting caught by the “shark” (a coach) in the middle. Any minnows tagged by the shark now become sharks, too.
    3. When all players have reached the other line, the coach shouts “go” again. This repeats until only one player is left as a minnow.
    4. Announce that in this new round, you will play the same except that when players get caught, they can choose to stand on the left side or the right side.  If they stand on the left, they cheer for the shark. If they stand to the right, they cheer for the minnows.  Encourage players to cheer the loudest for team members by name.
    5. Announce the winning team. The team that yelled the loudest.
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Mathew 21

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    We Cheered for our Friends In the Game  / The people Cheered for Jesus In the Bible  / Jesus Your King Deserves Our Loudest Praise In your Life

Sports Day at School: It was a big day.  All the children were well dressed and excited.  They practiced for their drills and competitions.  They had to do their best today, not only for themselves and their teams, but for today’s honorable Chief Guest, who was none other than President Abdul Kalam! Everybody wanted to see this great man. He was admired as a brilliant scientist and a good human being as well.  Everybody loved him!

When Abdul Kalam arrived, one would have expected a fleet of cars and a lot of high security.  However, he had two pilot cars, and he stepped out of a car with just the driver and himself. Four bodyguards escorted him till the school gate. The Principal received him with a Guard of Honor that included twenty children.

A Big Day for Jerusalem: Jesus was here! He rode in on his donkey, yet people went rushing to see him! He came unannounced, yet people thronged to receive Him. People spread their cloaks in His path, while others cut palm branches and spread them on the road for him. They honored Him and showed their respect in this manner. The crowd waved palm branches and hailed, “Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory and Hosanna in the highest!”

Palm Sunday: This royal reception of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem came to be known as “Palm Sunday” because the crowds were laying and holding palm branches along the way. The crowd believed that Jesus was the Messiah; and he would set up their earthly Jewish kingdom. What they did not understand was that Jesus came to set up a
spiritual kingdom.  

How Should We Present Ourselves to Jesus? We have been made in His image. Just as the children were smartly dressed and prepared for their Sports
Day, we should keep our spiritual life clean and immaculate. Try to be kind, just, compassionate, truthful, and loving, like Jesus. Ask Him to help you to be like Him. Read about Him in the Bible.  Practice His principles in your daily living.  Talk about Him to others.  Praise Him!  It is through Him that we will enter His Kingdom.


  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    We Cheered for our Friends In the Game  / The people Cheered for Jesus In the Bible  / Jesus Your King Deserves Our Loudest Praise In your Life

Memory Verse:  “The crowds that went before Him and that followed Him were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:9

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
Why was the game so loud?
Would it have felt strange if you were the only one cheering?
Did you hear anyone cheering for you by name?

2. Bible
What happened when Jesus entered Jerusalem?
Why were the people praising Jesus?
What were some of the things people had seen Jesus do that would make them want to praise Jesus?

3. Life
Repeat after me: “Dear God, I praise you for all of the wonderful things you have done.
Remind me to praise you everyday. How can I praise you right now? *pause*. Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
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5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
Observe cleanliness day.  Take time to clean up the classroom. Once cleaning
is done tell the children that our hearts need to be cleansed regularly, just the way we cleaned our surroundings. Help one another to keep our community clean from ill will and bad habits.  Surround yourself with love and clean relationships.

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