Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Footprints In The Sand – Last Days of Jesus’ Life Prior To Arrest

on September 25, 2012

Last Days of Jesus’ Life Prior To Arrest – Week 6

This event has a beach theme.

Memory Verse: Matthew 21:10  

Bible Truth: We must decide for ourselves who Jesus is.


1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Palm Sunday – Triumphal Entry

On the Sunday (the first day of the week) before Passover, the Priest would parade through the city with the sacrifice, a lamb without spot or blemish. The people would line the streets and cheer as the sacrifice passed by. This was also the day that Jesus entered the city, directly behind the priest caring the sacrifice.

Matthew 21:1-7  NKJV    

“Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’” So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.”

     Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Today we know this event as Palm Sunday or the triumphal entry. The priest had just passed by the people with the Passover lamb that was going to be sacrificed on Passover.

Matthew 21:8  NKJV    

“And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.”

     When the people saw Jesus they began to wave the palm branches that they had and shout “Hosanna!”  “Hosanna” means save us now!

Matthew 21:9  NKJV    

“Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

     The crowds spread their coats on the ground for the donkey with Jesus to walk over. We know Jesus as our “Passover Lamb“. A “lamb” without spot or blemish.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ______________________________

2. ______________________________

4. Memory Verse

Matthew 21:10  NKJV    

“And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

5. Cleansing The Temple – Teaching In The Temple

Shortly after entering town, Jesus went to the temple where He drove out the moneychangers and the merchants. This was the second time He had driven them out – the first time was at the beginning of His ministry.

Matthew 21:12-13  NKJV   

  “Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”

     After cleansing the temple, Jesus went in it and began to teach. Many people that were sick or came to be healed. The people were very excited about what Jesus was doing, even the children, who were crying out, “ Hosanna to the Son of David!”

Matthew 21:14-16  NKJV    

“Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and  saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”

     The next day when Jesus went back to the temple the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching. They asked Jesus who gave Him the authority to do the things that He did. In response to their question, Jesus told them the parable of the wicked vinedressers. When Jesus finished the parable the priests and the elders were very angry because they knew that He was talking about them. They began to plot how they could get rid of Him. Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples went to the religious leaders to offer his help.

Matthew 26:14-16  NKJV    

“Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.”

6. The Parable Of The Wicked Vinedressers

Matthew 21: 32-46  NKJV   

  “Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?” They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’? “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them. But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.”

     In this parable the vineyard represents God’s kingdom. The landowner, God,  provided for the vineyard with the greatest care. The vinedressers were the nation of Israel and the servants represented the prophets, God’s messengers. The Jewish leaders rejected the prophets a of God and had treated them very badly. They had even murdered many of them. Then God sent His Son Jesus, the Messiah, but the vinedressers (the Jewish leaders) had rejected Him also.

Ephesians 2:19-22  NKJV    

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

     Jesus is known as the “Chief Cornerstone” and well as “The Stone That The Builders Rejected.”

7. Game – Palm Branch Relay

Need:  2 palm branches

Line the children up into two teams. Give the first person in line a palm branch. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the front and say the memory verse. Then they will run back to their team. The process continues until everyone on their team has had a turn. The team that finishes first is the winner.

8. Jesus Tells Of His Future Return

Matthew 24: 36-51  NKJV    

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.  But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.  Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Jesus was trying to tell the people…

1. That no one knows when He will return, but that He will return.

2. That before He returns people will be indifferent about God, Him, and the things of God.

3. That we should be alert, preparing, and watching for His return.

4. That the faithful  (wise) servant will be rewarded when He returns, however the unfaithful (evil) servant will be condemned.


9. The Parable Of The Wise And Foolish Virgins

Matthew 25:1-13  NKJV    

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.  “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

     In this parable there were ten young women waiting for the bridegroom to come and get his bride. After a period of time all went to sleep.  When the cry went out that the bridegroom was approaching they awoke and prepared to go out to meet him by trimming the wick in their lamps. Five of the young women were wise and had put oil in their lamps ahead of time. But the other five young women were not wise – they had not properly prepared. They had not put oil in their lamps, so they asked the wise ones for some of theirs. They were told to go buy their own oil because they (the wise) did not have enough for both of them.  While they went to buy oil, the bridegroom arrived and left with those that were ready (prepared). When the unwise returned and saw that they had been left behind, they tried to get in to the wedding, but the door was already shut and locked.

The meaning of the parable is that we must watch and prepare for Jesus, our Bridegroom.  We don’t know when He will come for us so we must be ready at all times. If when He returns, He finds a person unprepared they won’t go with Him and eventually they will Him say, “I do not know you.”

10. Game – Pass The Candle

Need:  2 candles or plastic lanterns

Line the children up into two teams. Give the first person in line a candle. At the signal they will pass the ball over their head to the person behind them. When the candle reaches the end of the line, that person will run to the front of the line and say the memory verse. Then they will pass the candle over the head to the person behind them. The process continues until the person who was originally at the front is back in the front (they must say the memory verse also). The team that finishes first is the winner.

11. The Parable Of The Talents

Matthew 25:14-30  NKJV    

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

This parable shows…

1.  Faithfulness is important to God.

2. Our reward will be based on our faithfulness to what we are called to do, not on what responsibilities we are given. Even small tasks that are faithfully done will be rewarded.

3. God disapproves of laziness.

4. Unfaithful (unprofitable) servants will be cast into the outer darkness.


12. Dividing The Sheep And The Goats

Matthew 25:31-46   

  “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’  “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

From these words of Jesus we can see that…

I. Everyone will stand before Jesus.

2. Some people will be blessed and they will receive eternal and everlasting life with God.

3. Some people will hear Jesus say, “Depart from Me,” and they will be cast into everlasting and eternal fire.

4. When we do something for someone in need it is the same as doing it for Jesus.


13. Game –  Dividing The Sheep From The Goats

The greatest peace that we can ever have comes from knowing that we are ready to stand before Jesus! One day Jesus will divide all the people in the world. The saved will be placed on His right hand side and the unsaved will be placed on His left hand side. Those on the right hand side, the one’s that have been washed by the blood of Jesus, will be allowed to go to heaven. Those on the left side, the unsaved, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

The choices that we make while we are alive will determine where we will spend eternity. Our choices determine if we will be placed on the right or on the left.

Need: white balloons, black balloons, 2 large trash bags, 4 baskets or boxes – label two of them “Enter in“” and the other two “Depart from Me”.

Blow up the balloons and divide them .Put half in one bag and the other half in the second bag.

Each team must form a line. The first person in the line will be given a bag of balloons . At the signal the first person on each team will pass a balloon to the person behind them. White balloons must be passed over the heads and other balloons must be passed between the legs. The girl on the end must put the balloons in the correct baskets. White balloons will go in the “Enter in” box and the black balloons will go in the “Depart from Me.“ box. The first team to divide all the balloons correctly will be the winner.

14. Jesus’ Last Passover Meal  And The Garden of Gethsemane

On the Thursday, after arriving on Sunday, Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples. Passover is a feast remembering the exodus from Egypt. Passover also points to Jesus Christ as our Passover lamb. During the meal Jesus told them that one of them would betray Him. Shortly after saying that, Judas left the room and went to tell the religious leaders where they could find Jesus.  After the meal, Jesus gave us the Lord’s Supper (communion).

Matthew 26:26-28  NKJV   

  “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

     Communion is a very intimate time between a person and Jesus. It is a time to remember what Jesus has provided for us, a time to look toward His future return, and a time to committee to preparing to be His bride.

Late Thursday night, after Jesus and His remaining 11 disciples finished the Passover meal and the institution of communion, they sang a hymn then went to the Garden of Gethsemane.

Matthew 26:30 NKJV   

  “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

     In the Garden Jesus spent the night in prayer. Jesus knew that He was about to be crucified. He was praying for God to give Him the strength to fulfill what He had came to do.

Matthew 26:36-38  NKJV    

“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

     Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done.

Matthew 26:39 NKJV   

  “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

     As Jesus prayed, He was in so much anguish that He began to sweat drops of blood.

     Luke 22:42-44  NKJV   

  “saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

15. Game – Are You Ready?  Musical Chairs

One day Jesus will return for His bride. Only those who have prepared themselves and are watching will go with Jesus when He returns. God invites everyone to come to Him for salvation. The Bible tells us that the only way to God is through Jesus. If we believe in Jesus and accept Him as our Savior, our sins will be forgiven. Some people get too busy in their lives to accept God’s offer. Even after some people accept Jesus as Savior, they get too busy to know Him as He desires for them to. God wants to forgive our sins and He wants us to take time to know Him

Need: Chairs – 1 less chair than the number of children playing, and music.

Line the chairs up side by side. Have the children form a circle around the chairs. When the music starts the children will march around the chairs. When the music stops the children will set down – only 1 child per seat. The child that is left standing is out of the game.

Remove 1 chair and start process again. Continue to play game until there is only one child left. That child is the winner. They represent a person that had taken the time to have a personal relationship with Jesus.

16. Worship Song – ______________________________

17. Challenge / Altar – Who Is Jesus To You

 Matthew 21:10  NKJV  

   “And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

Who is Jesus to you?

Does your life show it?

It was important for the temple of God  to be clean during Biblical times. Today, we are the temple of God, and it is just as important for us to keep our temple spiritually clean. The Holy Spirit will not dwell (live) where there are impurities.

18. Refreshments or a light meal

19. Crafts

17. Dismissal










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