Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes. Instead, be concerned with His Kingdom, and He will provide you with these things.
Luke 12:23,31

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Family Bible Study - Palm Sunday

Gospel Passage
Luke 19:28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29
When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of
Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and
as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and
bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The
Lord needs it.’” 32 So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told
them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you
untying the colt?” 34 They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35 Then they brought it to
Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 As he rode
along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was now
approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the
disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power
that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the
Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in
the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” 40 He answered, “I
tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

Questions for Discussion:

1. The people lined up on the sides of the road and shouted and waved
branches (like we wave flags for a parade). Why were they so happy to see
Jesus? What had He been doing for them?

2. The people in Jerusalem welcomed Jesus by shouting, “Blessed is he who
comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” Do we ever say those
words? What do they mean when we say them?

3. After all the cheering is done, we will then hear on Palm Sunday about
Jesus suffering and pain, His crucifixion on the cross and His death. Instead of
“Hosanna!”, the people will say “Crucify Him!” What are some ways that we can say "Hosanna!" to God, instead of saying "Crucify Him!"? (Hint: think of sin)
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

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