Holy Week - Palm Sunday 14 April

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13 April, 2019

Holy Week

Today, Palm Sunday starts Holy week. ‘Holy’ means ‘set apart’ and so this week, Christians set apart time to prepare themselves, their hearts and minds for Easter. This week, you might like to read and act out scripture, or have special meals with friends and family. Whatever you do, remember that this week is about remembering why Jesus came to Earth, what he did while he was here, and what that means for us today.

  • Why do you think it’s important to celebrate the special time of Holy Week?
  • How will you get your heart and mind ready for the mystery of Easter?

Following are some readings, activities and discussion questions you can use this week to help you in this Holy Week. I pray that you as you use them with your family, you will be blessed and encouraged.

Palm Sunday – Luke 19:29-44

On Palm Sunday, we remember that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Unlike the big parades that Kings would ordinarily have with lots of guards, soldiers and horses.

Imagine that you are Jesus in this part of His story…

  • How do you feel knowing that these same people who are celebrating you today will be condemning you at the end of the week?
  • If you could the people one thing to do, what would it be?

Imagine you are the people in the crowd or one of the disciples?

  • What do you think it means for Jesus to be the King?
  • How do you feel knowing that Jesus has told you that he will die soon?
  • If you could ask Jesus anything, what would it be?

Jesus the King showed a better way of being human, by being humble.

  • What do you think this passage saying to you? What are you going to do about it?

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- What happened to the believers on the Day of Pentecost? And everyone else?

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- What response is Peter urging the new believers to take (verse 38)? Have you made that response before? Would you like to make it today?

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