John 12: 12 – 18 and Matthew 21:15-17



“Here he comes! Here he comes,” shouted the children. They looked up from their games and saw Jesus coming toward Jerusalem. “Let’s go tell our family and friends so they can come and see this famous man,” they said. By now, everyone knew that Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. They were sure Jesus was the Messiah-King God promised to send. A crowd quickly gathered. They spread coats and palm branches down on the rocky, dusty road so Jesus would know He was honored (Matthew 21:8). From the Scriptures they knew that the Messiah King would come from the family line of King David.

As Jesus got closer, they started shouting “Hosanna to the son of David!” Hosanna means “save now” The children were so excited and kept saying “Hosanna to the Son of David, Hosanna to the Son of David” (Matthew 21:15-16.) The adults were also overjoyed and said, “Finally we will be free from Roman rule.” The Roman government made laws that made life hard for the Jewish people. They thought God’s King (Messiah) was coming to give them freedom from the Roman government.

The people also knew that the Scriptures told of the Messiah-King riding into Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9). Why would the Messiah-King not ride a horse? All kings rode horses to show their strength for battle. Jesus was different from other kings. Jesus was stronger than any other king but He followed God’s plan in humility. He came to save the people from something much worse than a government that made life hard. He came to save them from their sin.


Jesus is the Messiah-King God promised to send.



  1. Why did the people put coats and palm branches on the road?
  2. Why did the people shout, “Hosanna to the son of David”?
  3. Why did Jesus ride a donkey and not a horse?


Acts 2: 22-24
Discuss v.23 “this Jesus, delivered up”