Today's visual: I tossed coats & palm leaves down with Jesus on donkey. I have a large jug to use when I talk about the man with the water jug, and a chalice and tray with bread for the Lord's Supper.
Today's lesson is found in Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-19; Luke 19:28-48 and John 12:12-16. When Jesus came close to Jerusalem, He sent two of His Disciples to go to the next village and told them that there would be a donkey and her colt tied together. Jesus told them to "Untie them and bring them to Me." And if anyone asks you anything about taking the animals, tell them that The Lord has a need for them and they will let you take the animals.
The Disciples did what Jesus told them to do. They brought the donkey and her colt.
They laid their clothes on the animals and set Jesus on top of the donkey. This animal hasn’t been ridden before, but Jesus sat on it and rode to the people.
There was a huge number of people and they spread their clothes on the road. Some of the people cut down branches from the trees and spread the branches on the road. They wanted to show Jesus how much they loved Him. They knew Jesus was special.
Some of the people went before Jesus and some of them followed Jesus. They cried out: Blessed is Jesus! They shouted ‘Hosanna’. That means Savior or one who will save others. They were praising Jesus as the Savior!
It was a large upper room, furnished and prepared. That’s where Jesus told them to go and make ready for the Passover. It was evening when Jesus came to be with the Disciples.
Jesus showed His Disciples how to do the Lord’s supper. (Mk. 14:22) Jesus took the bread, prayed and broke it. He gave them a piece and said “Take, eat; this is my body.”
Then Jesus took a cup. He gave thanks and handed the cup to them and they all took a drink. Jesus said “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.”
Jesus showed the Disciples how He wanted them to take the Lord’s supper. Jesus wants us to remember Him and think about His death. By doing that, He showed us how we are to do it. Jesus also said it was a new covenant, like a new pledge or promise. After Jesus died, then this new covenant is how God wants us to worship Him. We don’t follow the Old Testament laws after Jesus died. We worship the way Jesus showed the Disciples.
I usually start with a general plan when I create a project, then adjust it as I work on it. My original plan for these Task Cards for the Life of Jesus was something like the palm leaves that the people threw down to honor Jesus. I thought it would be fun to throw them down on the floor, and let the kids walk around, pick them up and answer the questions. But, I decided to make them plain so they can be used more often as review. It would still be fun to do the original idea, if you have time, or use them during a youth group get together. Or, early arrival review. They can be put in a basket, or plastic container, or spread out on a side table. Anyway, most Task Cards have 4 on a page with a fancy frame around each point/question, and to conserve paper and ink, there are 6 on a page with a plain border. They are available in color and black & white, but if possible, print in color. They really are not as attractive in black & white. You can print them here: