Think About It!
You’d have to be crazy to want to be humbled. We live in a society where, whether blatantly or not, every Instagram post is telling you who’s the best. It’s not natural to want to take a backseat in a society like that –– plus, “being humbled” usually involves pain or loss of some kind. That means, the fact that Almighty God exchanged all the majesty due his name for humility –– for us –– is a crazy act of love and sacrifice! This weekend, join us as we celebrate Palm Sunday and the humility of God!
Talk About It!
1. A humble colt instead.
- Who are you? (Let your kids tell you a little bit about themselves, and what they love most. It might help to prompt them by asking what they’re good at, who their family is, or what they enjoy.) While there is just one you, you can be lots of different things, you are someone’s child, someone’s sibling, a student, and very good at a lot of things.
- Did you have to try very hard to become [Your Child’s Name] ? (No!) You were born being who you are. You don’t have to wake up every day and try hard to be you, because you know who you are. Jesus knew who he was too. He was God’s Son. He didn’t have to work hard to be God’s Son, that’s just who he was.
- Did you know that you are also God’s child? If we’ve asked Jesus into our hearts, we belong to him. We are his children, but sometimes, when we’re angry or sad or hurt, we forget that we are his children and that he loves us!
2. The praise of the humble instead.
- Have you ever been so sad or so angry that you missed something fun? That’s what happened to the people called, “The Pharisees.” They were teachers, and it was their job to teach the people about God (like a pastor or a Sunday School Teacher). But they were angry that Jesus was getting more attention. Because they were angry, they missed the most important part–they were supposed to be praising Jesus!
- Do you know what the word “humble” means? (Being humble is when we stop thinking that we’re better than other people.) It was the humble people who wanted to praise Jesus. While the pharisees thought that they were better than everyone else, the humble people knew that Jesus was the Son of God and wanted to praise him.
- Was Jesus humble? (Yes!) Jesus is the Son of God. He actually is better than we are, but he still chose to be humble. He rode on a donkey, when he could have come in on an expensive warhorse. He chose to have friends who weren’t rich or important. He chose to come down to earth and be with us, so we want to be humble like Him.
3. Humble tears instead.
- Have you ever been sad because your friend was sad? That’s what happened to Jesus in this story. God, His Father, was sad because he had sent his Son and the world didn’t notice. Because God was sad, Jesus started to cry even though everyone around him was throwing a party.
- What other things do you think make God sad? Lots of things make God sad. He’s sad when we don’t treat each other with love. He’s sad when sin, sickness, or death hurts the world. He’s sad when people try to live their lives without him.
- Do those things make you sad too? We know that Jesus was close to God, because the same things that made God happy, made Jesus happy. This also means that the things which make God sad also made Jesus sad. Think of a time when you saw something that made you sad. Do you think it was something that also made God sad?
4. A humble house instead.
- When you’re with your best friend, what do you talk about? When someone is our friend, we talk to them a lot, not just when we want something. If we want to be close to God, we need to talk to him. This is called prayer.
- When you talk to God, what do you talk about? God wants to talk to us so much that a long time ago, there was a building called “the temple” and people went there just to talk to God. In this story, Jesus was angry because people were using that building to make money instead of talk to God. Now God lives in our hearts, and we don’t need a building to talk to him. God wants us to talk to him all the time about everything, not just the things we want.
- If you were going to start talking to God more, what would you want to talk about? Sometimes, we might think that God doesn’t care about the little things in our lives, but that’s not true! God cares about everything, even the little things. This week, talk to God whenever you think about it. Tell him how your day is going and talk to him about the little things too. He’s our Heavenly Father, and he cares for us!
Optional Follow-up Questions:
- What makes you say that?
- How does that make you feel?
- How would you explain this to someone who doesn’t know Jesus?
- Why do you think God did it that way?
- Why should we do the things that God tells us?