Jesus' Last Days on Earth
Over the next two weeks, we will be sharing with you the Easter story. Each day with have a key verse from the bible, a written extract by a year 6 pupil and a closing prayer.
Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem
As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
To celebrate the Passover (an eight day Jewish festival), Jesus and his twelve disciples slowly made their way to Jerusalem. On their way they stopped at a village - which had many animals like donkeys, cows, sheep and many others. Jesus ordered two of his disciples to collect a donkey to ride on. The man told them that it had never been ridden before but that didn’t bother them. Hundreds of years ago, Zechariah foretold the arrival of their true king on a donkey; not on a horse, not rich nor powerful, just a normal donkey with nothing special about it. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy.
As he entered Jerusalem, masses of people greeted Jesus with cheering and shouting: “Hosanna! Our king has come.” Some people even laid down palm leaves in front of Jesus and the donkey for them to walk on and others waved them. Everyone had a different opinion on Jesus. Some like the Sanhedrin were concerned for they believed Jesus was a trouble maker. Most people honoured Jesus for raising Lazarus after being dead and buried for four days straight. They were very thankful for this as no ordinary person could raise someone from the dead.
Dear Lord Jesus,
You enter Jerusalem humbly, riding on a donkey
You are the king yet you came to serve others
Thank you that when you arrived in Jerusalem you knew what was going to happen
But you went all the same.