Monday, April 29, 2019

The Best Palm Sunday and Easter Children's Sermons


Includes 3 children's sermons!



Palm Sunday – Welcoming Jesus into Our Hearts

Use this Palm Sunday children’s sermon to inspire kids to welcome Jesus into their hearts.

Scripture: John 12:12-14; Revelation 3:20

Needed: a volunteer to knock on a door (optional: palm branches)

Children’s Sermon: Gather all the children at the front of the sanctuary. If you have palm branches, hand one to each child. If you don’t have branches, tell them to pretend that they each have a palm branch.

(Read, John 12:12-14.)

“The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the king of Israel! Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it…”

Did you hear that? People were waving palm branches as He rode into town on a donkey.

So, because today is Palm Sunday, let’s pretend that Jesus is coming into our church. Wave your palm branches for Him. Cheer for Him!

Okay, great. Now, I want to read you one more verse about Jesus coming somewhere.

(Read Revelation 3:20, NIV.)

Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me.”

Jesus says He’s standing at the door knocking and He wants to come in and eat with us. What door do you think Jesus is knocking on?

Right now, I want to you imagine that Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart.

(Your volunteer should knock on a door at this point.)

Imagine opening the door to your heart and waving palm branches as Jesus comes in. If we open our hearts to Jesus, He says He’ll come in and be with us.

Closing Prayer: Jesus, thank You for wanting to be with us. Help us to always open our hearts to You. Amen.




How Did Jesus Come Back to Life?

Use this Easter children’s sermon to show kids God’s power and justice.

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:21

Needed: nothing

Children’s Sermon: Ask children, What day is today? (Easter!)

And what happened on Easter? (Jesus rose from the dead.)

Do you all remember how Jesus died? What happened to Him? (Review the crucifixion and burial of Christ.)

So if all that happened to Jesus, how could He come back to life? (Listen to answers.)

Can God do anything? (Yes.)

Is God powerful enough to bring a dead person back to life if He wants to? (Yes.)

So, God did a miracle and brought Jesus back from the dead.

But the next question is why did God bring Jesus back to life?

Jesus never did anything wrong. He was put to death so that He could be punished for our sins.


“God made Him who had no sin to be a sin offering for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Jesus never sinned. He died for our sins so that God could forgive us.

But since He never did anything wrong Himself, it wouldn’t be fair for Him to stay dead. God brought Jesus back to life because He never did anything wrong that He needed to be punished for.

He died for our sins, but God brought Him back by a miracle because God is fair.

Closing Prayer: Father God, we thank You for sending Jesus to die as a punishment for our sins. And we thank You for bringing Him back to life too. You are a good God who always does everything right. Amen.




The Resurrection

Use this Easter children’s sermon to teach kids about our resurrection.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

Needed: nothing

Children’s Sermon: Tell students, I want you all to pretend like you're sleeping...

Okay. Now I want you all to pretend like you're dead...

Okay. You know what I noticed? When you were pretending to be dead, you still looked like you were sleeping!

And, in fact, sleeping and dying are almost the exact same thing to God. God knows that no one is really ever dead. Our bodies might die, but our spirits keep living.

And one day, when Jesus comes back, He's even going to bring our bodies back to life, just like His body came back to life on that first Easter.


“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

The angels will blow the trumpet, Jesus will bring our spirits back with Him from Heaven, and He will put our spirits back in our bodies and make our bodies all better and healthy so that we will never die again. It will be like He's waking our bodies up from a nap and we will live with Him forever.

So remember, when we celebrate Jesus' resurrection on Easter, we are also looking forward to our resurrection when Jesus comes back.

Closing Prayer: God, we thank You for raising Jesus from the dead, and we thank You that one day, Jesus will come back and raise us from the dead too. You are a powerful God, and we can know You can do it. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


 

Palm Sunday and Easter Recommended Extras

Artificial Palm Branches – a set of 40 branches you can use year after year
TheDonkey That No One Could Ride – an illustrated storybook that tells the story of Palm Sunday along with another story and application about how our King can use any one of us


Family Life Resurrection Eggs – a set of Easter Eggs with different items inside representing elements of the Easter story
Easter Stickers – an alternative to Easter candy that also reminds kids of the reason for the holy day
Red Carpet – a free activity idea you could use for kids to walk down the center aisle of your sanctuary one by one and have the congregation cheer as they do so

God’s Story: Easter – a free video telling the story of Jesus, along with application, in about found and a half minutes.

He is Alive Easter Lesson – a free lesson that includes has a neat activity in which the author recommends placing various items related to the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection in plastic Easter eggs. Kids search for the eggs, open them, and talk about what they know of the Easter story.

Washed Clean – a free demonstration that uses food coloring and bleach to show how Jesus’ death and resurrection takes away our sins

God Colors Our Lives – a free object lesson that uses colored Easter eggs to demonstrate how God makes our lives vibrant and exciting

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All of these children's sermons are included in my book, Holy Days: Children's Sermons for the Holidays.
Holy Days: Children's Sermons for the Holidays by [Wilson, Rev. Stephen R.]
Kindle $4.99, Print $7.99


Find more short devotionals on my Free Children's Sermons page!





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