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Children’s Sermon

Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16


Jesus Exceeds Expectations


March 25, 2018

Sixth Sunday of Lent

Lectionary Year B


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ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • [Show  tennis  ball] Can you tell me what this is? (a tennis ball)
  • And if I drop it from up here [hold ball up high] what do you think –  what do you expect – the ball will do? (fall; bounce)
  • How high do you think – do you expect – the ball to bounce?
  • [hold hand above ground.] This high? Higher? [move hand up] Like up here?
  • OK -- let's find out what happens when I drop it…1….2….3…DROP!
  • [Drop the ball but then catch it (most likely with your other hand) before it hits the ground]
  • Whoa! Did the ball bounce like you expected it to? (NOOO!)
  • Why not? (Because you caught it!)
  • How do you feel about this thing that didn't happen even though you expected it to happen?


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • A word I used a lot, just a minute ago, was the word, "expected."
  • To "expect" something or have "expectations" about something means we have thoughts and feelings about how something should happen.
  • One problem with expecting something, though, is that things don't always happen like we thought they were going to happen -- like with this tennis ball.
  • When expectations are not met, we might feel upset or cheated or sad and let down.
  • I bring this up because the crowd that surrounded Jesus in today's scripture story was expecting certain things from Jesus.
  • They expected Jesus to be their next king, which is why they were having a parade for him.
  • But guess what!? That's not what Jesus was going to do or become.
  • And that will upset the people, because that’s not what they were expecting.


SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • Thankfully, Jesus did not try to do the things that the crowd expected him to do.
  • Instead, Jesus listened to what God was telling him to do and then Jesus did those things.
  • And because Jesus did what God was telling him to do, then something happened for Jesus that is far better than what the people expected.
  • Instead of becoming a king, Jesus showed us something better – Jesus showed us that the life God offers us is something that cannot be taken away, no matter what happens.
  • And, when we trust God with our most important things, like Jesus did, then what God provides us is something bigger and greater than we ever expected!
  • This is the good news for today. Let’s pray.


CLOSING Prayer

  • This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,

Dear God,


Thank you for Jesus…

Thank you for Jesus…


…who shows us…

…who shows us…


…how to live a way…

…how to live a way…


your way…

your way…


…that exceeds all expectations.

…that exceeds all expectations.


Amen



Originally posted March 15, 2015

Updated on March 4, 2018
Written and edited by Nathanael Vissia



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