THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY OF JESUS INTO JERUSALEM ~ FOR KIDS
DID YOU KNOW: It was Sir Robert Anderson of Scotland Yard (1894) who unravelled the mystery of one of the most astonishing passages in the whole Bible. The prophet Daniel was given a precise mathematical statement as to when The Meshiach Nagid (The Messiah The King) would present Himself as King. And it was in ‘black and white’ nearly three centuries before Jesus Christ was born!
HERE’S HOW IT HAPPENED…
Daniel was in exile. Jerusalem had been destroyed. One day while he was praying about it, he was told that the interval between the commandment to rebuild the city of Jerusalem until the presentation of the Meshiach Nagid (The Messiah The King) would be 173,880 days. The decree was issued by King Artaxerxes Longimanus on March 14, 445 B.C. It is well documented in the book of Nehemiah in the Bible, as well as in secular sources. That was the trigger for Daniel’s incredible prophecy. There were 3 other decrees to rebuild the temple, only one to rebuild the city.
During the ministry of Jesus Christ there were several occasions in which the people attempted to make Him king, but He carefully avoided it and slipped away. Then one day, He deliberately set out to make it happen. This is the event we know as The Triumphal Entry, sometimes called Palm Sunday. That occurred on April 6, 32 A.D. This is the only occasion that Jesus Christ presented Himself as King. All other dates try to defend a Friday crucifixion. When Sir Robert Anderson worked out the dates between March 14, 445 B.C – when the decree was issued – and April 6, 32 A.D. and adjusted for leap years, he discovered that it was 173,880 days exactly. To the very day! Incredible? Absolutely. God says what He means; and means exactly what He says.
Dr Chuck Missler explains Daniel’s 69 weeks–this is ASTONISHING!
TRIUMPHAL ENTRY ~ BIBLE VERSES
Daniel 9:24-26 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt.
Matthew 21:1-11 As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. “Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.” This took place to fulfil the prophecy that said, “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt.’” The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD! Praise God in highest heaven!” The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Mark 11:1-11 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him. And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither. And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him. And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
Luke 19:29-44 As he came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples 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 colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” And the disciples simply replied, “The Lord needs it.” So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on. As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, 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 King who comes in the name of the LORD! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!” But some of the Pharisees 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 he 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, and peace is hidden from your eyes. Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation.” [This did happen in 70 A.D.]
John 12:12-19 The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said: “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt.” His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfilment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him. Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it. That was the reason so many went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign. Then the Pharisees said to each other, “There’s nothing we can do. Look, everyone has gone after him!”
TRIUMPHAL ENTRY ~ ARTICLE FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE (A4)
LAMINATE FOR BEST RESULTS + SEND AN EXTRA COPY
I laminate the articles for my kids to keep them looking nice and also send an extra copy for my child’s teacher ~ with a post-it note on it to remind them to give it to them.
This article is also available in French. I also send my articles to our other non-English speaking children, but just make sure to include all text within my letter so that it gets translated. You are most welcome to do this too, if you wish. You will find the original text below, at the end of this post.
TRIUMPHAL ENTRY ~ COLOURING PAGES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Jesus Enters Jerusalem lesson ideas, colouring pages, puzzles and activities
Triumphal Entry coloring A regal looking Jesus riding on donkey with faded crowds in background and a little boy waving a palm leaf and running ahead of Him – as little boys would! :)
Jesus riding on donkey – coloring (scroll down to number 62) with the wall of Jerusalem in the background and showing no other people. Waving palm leaves are in foreground. Here is the direct pdf link.
Triumphal Entry – coloring Jesus entering gate of Jerusalem; with a few people waving palm leaves
Triumphal Entry – coloring Jesus about to enter pathway lined with people and palm leaves
Triumphal Entry – coloring Jesus on donkey with people waving palm branches and the words, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’
Triumphal Entry – colouring people approaching gates of Jerusalem
Triumphal Entry – cute coloring for younger children; ‘Hosanna, Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.’
Triumphal Entry coloring page for younger children
Triumphal Entry coloring for younger children
Triumphal Entry coloring pages (Google)
TRIUMPHAL ENTRY ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
325 Puzzle / Coloring Bible Activity Sheets for Kids (Number 220 is about the Triumphal Entry) fun, fabulous and free printable; work your way through the whole Bible; each one is about 6 pages and has one coloring page and several puzzle pages, including word searches, fill-in-blanks, crosswords, true or false, circle correct words, mazes.
Triumphal Entry – Puzzle easy; free printable
Biblewise.com Lots of ideas including: Triumphal Entry – maze – donkey ride; Triumphal Entry – collect the letters puzzle; Puzzle – Decode the word the people used to praise Jesus; Puzzle – Decode the Day; Triumphal Entry – create a newspaper picture to go with the newspaper article (fun idea)
Triumphal Entry Word Search 10 words
TRIUMPHAL ENTRY ~ CRAFTS / GAMES / ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Donkey and Palm Leaf craft this one uses clothes pegs for the legs so you will need to adapt them for paper, but the idea is really cute
Triumphal Entry craft ideas some really cute ideas here for younger children
Easter – free printable game from the Triumphal Entry to the resurrection
Easter Crafts (scroll down middle column) cut and fold cross paper activity with 5 doors that open in each cross to reveal 11 Easter Story pictures–like an Easter version of an advent calendar; Pop up Triumphal Entry Scenes to make; Hosanna Palm Leaves to make; plus more very cute craft free printable ideas (some will need to be adapted for paper and to post flat)
Triumphal Entry crafts Make a palm leaf; donkey crafts; crown craft;
Triumphal Entry ~ crafts for kids (Pinterest)
TRIUMPHAL ENTRY ~ POSTERS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Inspirational Bible Posters many cool ideas for this time of year
Typography design your own fabulous triumphal entry poster or verse card just using text – different fonts and colours (very easy creative idea)
12 Cool Cloud Generators Type in any Bible verse about the Triumphal Entry – in any language; click a button and it will do creativity for you! Too easy and free printable. And make sure you check out more about word cloud generators to see how to combine a cross outline shape
TRIUMPHAL ENTRY ~ MANGA COMIC BOOK BIBLE
INFORMATION AND RELATED LINKS
The Unexpected King by Dr Chuck Missler (incredible Bible teacher) – you may like to also print a copy of this article for your older children.
Daniel and The Times of the Gentiles another great article to send to older children.
DANIEL’S 70 WEEKS This article that I have prepared for my kids only deals with the first 69 weeks of Daniel’s fascinating 70 week prophecy, but if you are interested, I recommend you check out this video to find out more about Daniel’s 70th – and final – week.
RELATED BIBLE VERSESRomans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Hosea 5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me [earnestly]. Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. *
DANIEL IS TOLD THE FUTURE – PROPHECY – THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY
Memory Verse: Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem [the city] unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks and threescore and two weeks [69 weeks]: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troubled times.” Daniel 9:25
Daniel was given one of the most astonishing prophecies in the whole Bible. He was told the precise day in history that Jesus Christ would present Himself as The Meshiach Nagid—The Messiah the King! It happened, exactly as Daniel had been told. And it was in print—for everyone to see—nearly 300 years before Jesus was born!
TRIUMPHAL ENTRY (sometimes called Palm Sunday)
Would you like to be a detective and solve great mysteries? Sir Robert Anderson of the famous Scotland Yard was someone like that. In 1894, he solved one of the most astonishing and puzzling mysteries in the whole Bible. The prophet Daniel had been given a precise, mathematical formula as to when The Meshiach Nagid—The Messiah The King—would present Himself as King. You can read all about it in Daniel chapter 9. It happened, centuries later, exactly as Daniel had been told. And the whole of the Old Testament was in print nearly three centuries before Jesus Christ was born! Here is how it happened.
Daniel was in exile. Jerusalem had been destroyed. One day while he was praying about it, he was told that the commandment to rebuild the city of Jerusalem would come. And it would be 173,880 days after that, when the Meshiach Nagid (The Messiah The King) would present Himself as King.
The decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem was issued by King Artaxerxes Longimanus on March 14, 445 B.C. We can read about it in the book of Nehemiah. That was the trigger for Daniel’s incredible prophecy. There were three other decrees to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem (between 537BC—458BC), but only one to rebuild the city. We can read about them in the Bible too, in the book of Ezra. Before Daniel died, he warned his team (the Magi) to keep watching for the King’s decree and then start counting! And that is why the Magi came to visit the Messiah when He was born! They were expecting Him!
Several times during the ministry of Jesus Christ, the people tried to make Him king, but He always refused. “My time is not yet.” (John 6:15) Then one surprising day, Jesus deliberately set out to make it happen (Luke 19:38).
On 6th April 32AD, Jesus rode into the city of Jerusalem on a young donkey. This fulfilled yet another prophecy from Zechariah 9:9. This is the event we know as The Triumphal Entry, sometimes also called Palm Sunday. The people got all excited and laid down palm branches for Him. The Pharisees got all upset about it. They had rejected Jesus as the Messiah, even though Jesus had fulfilled over 330 very specific prophecies, just like these. This is the only occasion that Jesus Christ presented Himself as King.
Exactly 173,880 days after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem, on 6th April 32AD…
When Jesus presented Himself as King, it was also just before Passover. That very day, the Passover lambs were also being presented for inspection at the temple. Jesus presented Himself as THE ultimate and spotless Passover lamb. When we work out the dates between March 14, 445 B.C. (when the decree was issued) and April 6, 32 A.D. and adjust for leap years, Sir Robert Anderson discovered that it was exactly 173,880 days—to the very day! Incredible? Absolutely! God means exactly what He says. And a few days later, the Messiah was unjustly ‘cut off’ and executed like a criminal, just as Daniel had also been told. “But not for Himself”. He was innocent. He died for us. Our Creator died in our place, to satisfy the justice of a Holy God. He paid the penalty of death for our sins and rebellion against Him, so that we could live with Him forever! We can NEVER pay Him back! All we can do is gratefully accept it. His incredible gift!
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