Jesus enters Jerusalem

Our journey begins today.

2 Weeks 2 the Cross: Day 1

Scripture – Mark 11:1-11

When they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples and told them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away.’”

So they went and found a young donkey outside in the street, tied by a door. They untied it, and some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the donkey?” They answered them just as Jesus had said, so they let them go. Then they brought the donkey to Jesus and threw their robes on it, and He sat on it.

Many people spread their robes on the road, and others spread leafy branches cut from the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed kept shouting:

He who comes in the name
of the Lord is the blessed One!
The coming kingdom
of our father David is blessed!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!

And He went into Jerusalem and into the temple complex. After looking around at everything, since it was already late, He went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

Jackson helps us begin our journey to the cross

Jackson could hardly contain his excitement when he arrived home from school and saw the cross mural on the wall, heralding our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross journey.

While reading our Scripture tonight, I could tell Jackson was visualizing how Jesus rode into Jerusalem, with the crowds celebrating and worshiping Him as their King.

Both kids thought that Daddy would be the perfect donkey to set the scene, and since there are two of them, they would be the two disciples that went to fetch the donkey for Jesus.

Jackson pretends to be the disciple that unties the donkey for Jesus.

Jackson pretends to be the disciple that unties the donkey for Jesus.

Next up, we needed palm branches to wave and throw in front of Jesus. So we grabbed some green construction paper and scissors and had fun cutting. Lauren, our three-year-old, loved using her scissors to make the leaves!

Lauren cuts her palm branch.

Lauren cuts her palm branch.

Then, Jackson got his clothes and blankets (like the disciples and crowds used their robes), and threw them on the donkey and on the road (living room floor), to honor Jesus. As Jesus rode into Jerusalem, we all danced and shouted, “Hosanna! Hosanna!”

Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem, with crowds shouting Hosanna! Notice Jackson's jeans he threw on the ground, like the crowds threw their robes.

Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem, with crowds shouting Hosanna! Notice Jackson’s jeans he threw on the ground, like the crowds threw their robes.

Both kids got a chance to “be” Jesus and ride Daddy around. Jackson also wanted to be the donkey for awhile, so Lauren got a few more rides. The fun continued as we ran around the living room countless times shouting Hosanna, until we were all tired and ready for bed! 🙂

2 Weeks 2 the Cross: a Journey With Jesus

Our journey begins today.

Our journey begins today.

This month as we anticipate Easter, our family is beginning a journey to the cross.

For the next two weeks, 14 days, we will be exploring God’s Word and traveling with Jesus through the last days of His life on earth, His death and His resurrection on Easter morning. Each day we are reading an account from one of the Gospels and enjoying a family activity to reinforce what we have read.

Would you like to join us?

I will be regularly posting our experiences and the Scripture passages to give you and your family ideas to celebrate the most amazing event in all of history and prepare your heart to worship our Savior, His sacrifice and His victory, on Easter.

If you’d like to get a snapshot of what the next two weeks contain, here is each day’s theme and Scripture passage, if you’d like to read along (or ahead) and adapt for your own family.

2 Weeks 2 the Cross Scriptures

  1. Jesus enters Jerusalem. Mark 11:1-11
  2. Jesus clears the temple. Mark 11:15-19
  3. Jesus is anointed. John 12:1-8
  4. Jesus serves the disciples. John 13:1-20
  5. Jesus celebrates Passover. Matthew 26:26-30
  6. Jesus prays in the Garden. Matthew 26:36-46
  7. Jesus is arrested. Matthew 26:47-56
  8. Jesus is denied by Peter. Matthew 26:69-75
  9. Jesus goes on trial. Matthew 27:11-26
  10. Jesus is crucified. Matthew 27:27-37
  11. Jesus saves. Luke 23:39-43
  12. Jesus dies. Matthew 27:45-54
  13. Jesus is buried. Matthew 27:57-61
  14. Jesus is risen! Matthew 28:1-10, 16-20

To make the journey more tangible for our children, we’ve created a wall mural with 14 pieces, and each day we will turn over a piece until Easter.

Our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross display

We will be praying that Jesus’ amazing sacrifice resonates and compels us to worship and service during the next two weeks! He is risen!!