Kids' Bible Stories: Hosanna! A Story Explaining Matthew 21:1-11
Has your mommy or daddy ever promised you something? Did they promise that grandma and grandpa would come to visit? Or that they would take you to your favorite place? Was it hard to wait? Did you ask your Mom every morning – “Is today the day? Is grandma coming today? Are we going somewhere special today?” Would you look out the window, waiting to catch the first glimpse of grandpa?
Well, many years ago, the people of Israel, God’s chosen people, were looking for a special king that God promised to send to them. They did not know who this king would be, but God’s prophet Zechariah had told them, “God will send a King. (9:9)” So the people waited and waited. It was hard to wait so long.
Many, many years before the King came, Zechariah told the people about this king – what he would be like and how he would act. Zechariah said “the king god sends will always do what is right. He will save you from your sins. He will ride into our great city Jerusalem on a young donkey. When the people see this happen, they will shout for joy and praise Him for all the wonderful things He has done for them. (9:9)”
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In God’s true book the Bible, we can read the story of when this actually happened. In Matthew chapter 21, we read, “Jesus sent two disciples saying to them, ‘Go into the village, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there. Untie it and bring it to me.’ (1:2)”
The disciples did as Jesus told them and they found the donkey tied just as Jesus said they would! And then, as they were untying the donkey, some people nearby asked, “What are you doing untying that donkey?” The disciples answered as Jesus told them to, “The lord needs him!” And the people let them take the donkey!
The disciples led the little donkey to Jesus and then took off their coats and laid them over the donkey’s back for Jesus to sit on. As the Lord Jesus rode the donkey along the road to Jerusalem, His disciples walked along beside Him. Before long, other people joined in walking along with them. They were happy to see the Lord Jesus. Soon a great crowd of people were walking with the Lord Jesus. There were men and women and boys and girls. The people shouted loud cheers of joy when they saw the Lord Jesus. “HOSANNA TO OUR KING!” “HERE COMES OUR KING!”
Some of the people laid their coats on the ground for Jesus to walk over. Some people laid palm branches on the road, making a beautiful carpet for green leaves for their king. Some of the boys and girls were running in front of the Lord Jesus and some were following Him, but they all were shouting, “HOSANNA! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!” People cheered Him just as Zechariah said they would.
These people were cheering because they knew all the wonderful things Jesus had done. He was kind and gentle and loving just like Zechariah said he would be. All along the road were people Jesus had helped in some way. There were blind people who could see, crippled people who could walk, the sick people who were healthy and many more. They were all shouting praises to the Lord Jesus and singing happy songs.
As Jesus rode into Jerusalem, more and more people were shouting ‘HOSANNA! HOSANNA,” until all over Jerusalem people heard the good news that their king was coming.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the king God promised to send. The Lord Jesus Christ is the king Zechariah told the people about many, many years ago.
In the beginning of our story, we talked about promises. Well, God has made us a promise too. He promises that Jesus Christ will return to earth one day. God says that we are to wait with excitement, each day asking, “IS TODAY THE DAY WE WILL SEE JESUS?” And when Jesus does come, we will be able to shout, “HOSANNA TO OUR KING” just as the men, women, and children did on that day long ago.