Luke 9:51 tells us, “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” Jesus was obedient. He knew the time had come. The time has come again for us to tell it once more, to reenact it once more, to hear it once more, to remember this story once more. Luckily for us, it’s a story worth repeating. It’s one we hear differently each time, if we are really listening, because each time we are in a different place or what we’re going through is different. It’s a story of renewal and it’s a story of hope. It’s God’s story. It’s our story, too.
All of the FaithWorks! children will be participating in the traditional Palm Parade this Sunday. They will get to experience the same kind of palm waving, shouting, cheering and excitement as Jesus did that day. They will be part of the story!
The preschoolers and Kindergarteners will talk about that story and should be able to tell it to you when you get home. They will be able to share with you that “everyone can praise Jesus!”
The elementary children will learn that Jesus was “obedient” that day. He was being obedient to the plan. He was being obedient to God. He was being obedient for us. Phililppians 2:5-11 tells us he was “obedient to death – even death on a cross!” What we want the children to come home with Sunday, is not just that Jesus was obedient (which of course is important to know, understand, and try to do ourselves) but WHY he was obedient. Why he was obedient to death. Why he went to the cross.
They will learn that sin makes things messy. I can’t help it but in my head I can hear Professor Hinkle, from Frosty the Snowman, saying “Messy, messy, messy.” (You can listen to that here if you don’t know what I’m talking about!) Matt Michele will be using some white shirts and messy, messy, messy paint (mustard? goop?) to help the kids see just what our sin does to us…and more importantly what Jesus does with our sin.
If you have an elementary aged child, ask them Sunday afternoon what they saw, heard and learned, what it meant to them, or if God said anything to them. They may share that they asked Jesus to be their Best Friend Forever for the very first time. They may share that they better understand Jesus’ love for them. They may have questions. They may teach you something 🙂
I will be praying that your conversation is precious. I know it will be priceless.