Triumphal Entry

Based on Luke 19:28-44, 47-48

Jesus and his closest followers continued their journey toward the city of Jerusalem.

As they came near Jerusalem, Jesus sent two of his closest followers ahead. “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that young donkey?’ just say, ‘The Teacher needs it.’”

So they went and found the young donkey, just as Jesus had said. And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that young donkey?”

And his closest followers simply replied, “The Teacher needs it.” So they brought the young donkey to Jesus and threw their coats over it for him to ride on.

As he rode along, the crowds spread out their coats on the road ahead of him. When he reached the place where the road started all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.

“Blessings on the Savior who comes in the name of God! There is peace in heaven…Praise God!”

But some of the religious leaders among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!”

He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”

But as Jesus came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep.

“How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, peace is hidden from you. Your enemies will crush you because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you!”

After that, he taught daily in the place of worship, but the religious leaders began planning how to kill him. But they could think of nothing, because all the people hung on every word he said.

Drawing Elements: Jesus, Disciples, Palm Branches (Coats), People Praising, Stones, Tears, Peace, Path to Peace
The palm branches represent the coats they laid down on the road ahead of him. The tears represent Jesus’ weeping. The path to peace and sign of peace is hidden.