Community Garden: Palm Sunday / Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet, John 12:9-16, 13:1-17
April 2, 2023
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Story Focus: We start off the month with Palm Sunday in John 12:9- 16 and the Last Supper in John 13:1-17. For Jesus’ triumphal entry, He didn’t ride a mighty warhorse, but rather he chose a humble donkey. The crowds in Jerusalem were ready to make Jesus king. But instead of shopping for a crown, Jesus hosted a meal for His disciples. When they arrived, they might have expected a servant to wash their dirty feet, but instead Jesus did the unexpected. He knelt down, and one by one, washed His disciples’ feet. Jesus set an example of humility for all of us to follow.
Bottom Line: Jesus put others first. As we look at some of Jesus’ last interactions with His closest followers, we pray that kids will understand the importance of putting others first. This isn’t always our first response, but when we choose to show humility and put others first, we get to point others to Jesus.
Key Question: When has someone put you first? Learning to put others first is an important skill for preteens. For many preteens, life can be all about themselves most of the time. That’s why we want them to think about the ways other people have put them first and consider how it felt when that happened. We hope that through this discussion, they discover simple ways to prioritize being humble and putting others first in their own lives.