Lent is the season of preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts through Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). Traditionally, Christians have observed Lent by devotion, fasting, repenting, and giving. We can invite our children to join us as we observe this season, as we prepare our hearts and our lives for Easter.
Thanks to Kimberlee Conway Ireton for her plan that I used to develop these Kid’s Devotions.http://www.stchristophers-mn.org/storage/files/family-devotions-for-lent.pdf
On this Palm Sunday we see Jesus triumphantly riding into Jerusalem. This Holy Week begins with great rejoicing and ends with the 3 darkest days of the Christian year – Maunday Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Let’s begin with rejoicing.
Ask the children…
What did the people do and what did they shout when Jesus arrived at Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover?
“A large crowd of Passover visitors 13 took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, ‘Praise God![f]
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hail to the King of Israel!'” (John 12:12, 13)
Passover was the week in which the Jewish people remembered God passing over their households and killing the first born of all the Egyptian people, thereby freeing them from their 400 year Egyptian captivity. During this week, many Jews would come to Jerusalem to celebrate.
When Jesus arrived they cried out celebrating their king.
Celebrating God is one of the greatest things we can do. It tells how we view God in our hearts and it declares His worth. Discuss with your children how you celebrate Jesus in your house. Take some time to sing praises to God and tell Jesus how you feel about Him as the Lord of your lives.
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