************ Children's Sermon on Psalm 118:27b ************
By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman
This sermon was preached on April 9, 2017
What day is today? What do we celebrate? Why did you wave palm branches as you walked into church (GET RESPONSES).
Today is Palm Sunday.
Palm Sunday is the day Jesus came into Jerusalem on a donkey. Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of boys and girls, of moms and dads, stood at the side of the road shouting something. Does anyone know what they were shouting? (GET ONE OF THE KIDS TO ANSWER) Yes, they were shouting "Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna!" when they saw Jesus.
And as they were shouting "Hosanna!" they were waving something. Does anyone know what they were waving? (THEY WERE WAVING PALM BRANCHES)
B. Jesus is King
Why did the boys and girls and their moms and dads shout "Hosanna!" and wave Palm branches? Let me tell you what it means.
To shout "Hosanna!" and to wave Palm branches at Jesus means Jesus is king. It means the boys and girls and their parents were all excited and happy about King Jesus.
Can you remember that, boys and girls? To shout "Hosanna!" and to wave a Palm branch means you are excited and happy that Jesus is Your king.
I have something here to show you (HOLD UP CROWN OF THORNS). Who can tell me what this is? (GET ONE OF THE CHILDREN TO ANSWER).
Does anyone know who wore a crown of thorns? (GET ONE OF THE CHILDREN TO ANSWER). When did He wear it? (GET ONE OF THE CHILDREN TO ANSWER). Would you like to wear it? It would hurt, wouldn't it?
The "Hosannas!" and the Palm branches means Jesus is King. But what kind of King wears a crown of thorns?
The crown of thorns (HOLD IT UP) reminds us that King Jesus wore a crown of thorns to save us from our sins by suffering and dying on the cross.
On Palm Sunday, then, we should all hold Palm branches in one hand and a crown of thorns in the other.
We thank You Father for the palms and the thorns. We thank You that King Jesus wore a crown to thorns.
Bless all these boys and girls, we pray. Let them all believe that King Jesus suffered and died for them.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
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