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Triumphal Entry of Jesus in my Life

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Hook

From Your Experience

Who is the greatest person you have every bumped into? What happened?
(Debrief: What did you notice about each of your group members as they told their about their encounter?)

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From Their Experience

1. Generalization: This event is not only not discreet; it yells "look at me." What we are going to do this AM is LOOK at Jesus!
2. Tie back to three previous stories starting at .
Matthew 21:1 ESV
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
Matthew 20:17 ESV
And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them,
Matthew 21:1 ESV
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
Matthew 20:17 ESV
And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them,
3. Special Characters: 12 Disciples (), 2 Sons of Zebedee and Mom (), Great Crowd (), 2 Blind Men (), 2 Disciples ( - Sons of Zebedee?)
4. Divide class into groups of choice based on key characters of the story. (See note above: Main Characters in the event)
Instructions:
1. Have one member of your group Read
Matthew 21:1–11 ESV
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ ” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”
2. From your characters point of view and focusing on Jesus,
1. What do you hear?
2. What do you see?
3. How are you touched?
3. What is your character's perception, understanding, and behavioral response to Jesus' identity? (Write these words in three columns on the board before starting the group activity.)
5. Debrief: Each group answers above question. (Add notes to the three columns on the board.)

Look

Reconsidering Future Experiences

1. When and what are our Jesus encounters through a typical week?
(List on Board)
2. How can we make them a “Triumphal Entry” moment in our lives?

Took

A New Experience Challenge

Focus on the behavioral responses. Ask students:
Pick one of the behavioral responses that seems to be calling you at this moment.
Ask yourself, “What can this become in my life this week, i.e., how can I experience a similar response to Jesus' identity”?
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