Celebrations and Praise

Scripture: Matthew 21:1-17, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:29-44, John 12:12-19

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn Jesus fulfilled many prophecies in the Old Testament about the Messiah.
  • Students will learn Jesus is the King of all Kings.
  • Students will learn many people recognized Jesus as the Messiah even before he died and was resurrected.
  • Students will learn words and phrases used to celebrate and praise others.

Guiding Question: How can students learn the terms to celebrate those competing in sporting events?

Materials: Posters, markers, pens

Procedure: Review the story of the Triumphant Entry from the scriptures above. Explain that this entry was a way that Jesus fulfilled a prophecy made about Him in the Old Testament. Remind students that this was a grand entry that honored Jesus and helped many people to learn and believe that Jesus truly was King of all Kings. The people saw Him as the Messiah and sadly much later on near the time of Jesus death, these people turned against Him.

Introduce the activity. Have the students make signs and create cheers to use at a sporting event (Special Olympics is a great place to practice cheering for all of the competitors). Focus on words that praise and celebrate those competing such as “confident, “amazing effort”, “keep up the hard work”.

Additional Questions: How can students learn to cheer others on?

Supplemental Activity: Have students create a video to send to those in the congregation competing in sports using the vocabulary they have learned for praising and celebrating others.

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