The Triumphal Entry of Jesus: Matthew 21:1-11 Bible Lesson for Palm Sunday School for Youth

Bible Verses: Matthew 21:1-11

Objective: To help teenagers understand the significance of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and to encourage them to make Him the King of their lives.

Icebreaker Game for Youth Group

Here’s an icebreaker activity that you can use to introduce the theme of the lesson:

Title: Crown the King

Objective: To get students excited about the idea of Jesus as a king and to introduce the theme of the lesson.


  1. Divide students into groups of three or four.
  2. Give each group a large sheet of paper and a set of colored markers.
  3. Instruct the groups to create a crown for their “king” using the markers and paper.
  4. The crown must have a unique design and be labeled with the name of their “king.” Encourage creativity and use of biblical symbols or imagery.
  5. Once the crowns are complete, have each group present their crown and explain the symbolism behind it.
  6. After each presentation, ask the group to discuss why Jesus is the ultimate king and how he fulfills the prophecies in the Bible.

This activity will help students to think about Jesus as a king and why he is worthy of our worship and allegiance. It will also provide an opportunity for group discussion and reflection on the lesson’s themes.

Teen Bible Study on Matthew 21:1-11

Sure, here’s a possible interactive Bible study script based on Matthew 21:1-11:

Title: The King Who Rides a Donkey

Objective: To explore the meaning and significance of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and to apply it to our lives as contemporary teenagers.


Welcome students and open with prayer.
Ask the group what they know about the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Bible Explanation:

Read Matthew 21:1-11 and provide some background information about the historical context and the symbolism of the donkey.

Highlight some of the key elements of the story, such as the cheering crowds, the spreading of cloaks and palm branches, and the fulfillment of prophecy.
Share some possible interpretations of the story, such as Jesus’ humility, his claim to be the Messiah, and his coming judgment.

Discussion Questions:

What does the story of the triumphal entry reveal about Jesus’ identity and mission?

  • Why do you think the people responded to Jesus with such enthusiasm and excitement?
  • What does it mean to “make Jesus the King” of our lives, and how can we do that practically?
  • How can we follow Jesus’ example of humility and service, especially in the midst of a culture that values power and popularity?
  • What are some ways that we can spread the message of Jesus to others, just as the people spread their cloaks and palm branches for him?

Bible Explanation:

Share some biblical passages that emphasize Jesus’ kingship and lordship, such as Colossians 1:15-20 and Revelation 19:11-16.

Explain how these passages expand on the idea of Jesus as a king and why it’s important for us to acknowledge him as such.

Discussion Questions:

How does Jesus’ kingship differ from earthly kings or rulers?

  • Why do you think some people struggle with the idea of Jesus as a king or lord?
  • How does acknowledging Jesus as our king impact our relationships, priorities, and decision-making?
  • What are some challenges or obstacles that we might face in making Jesus our king, and how can we overcome them?
  • How can we support and encourage each other in making Jesus the center of our lives?


Summarize the main points of the discussion and reiterate the importance of making Jesus the King of our lives.

End with a closing prayer, asking for God’s help and guidance as we seek to follow Jesus as our King.

Palm Sunday Lesson Reflection and Closing Prayer

Sure, here’s a reflection time and closing prayer that you can use to conclude the Bible study:

Reflection Time:

  1. Invite the students to find a quiet space in the room or outside.
  2. Encourage them to reflect on what they have learned from the Bible study and how they can apply it to their lives.
  3. Provide some prompts or questions for reflection, such as:
  • What stood out to you from the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem?
  • How can you make Jesus the King of your life today?
  • What are some specific ways that you can follow Jesus’ example of humility and service?
  • Who can you share the message of Jesus with this week?
  1. Allow time for personal reflection and journaling.
  2. Invite students to share any insights or reflections they had during the reflection time, if they feel comfortable doing so.

Closing Prayer:

  1. Gather the group back together and open with a closing prayer.
  2. Thank God for the opportunity to study His word and learn more about Jesus as our King.
  3. Ask for His help and guidance as we seek to follow Jesus’ example of humility and service.
  4. Pray for the group, that we would be empowered by the Holy Spirit to share the message of Jesus with others and make Him the center of our lives.
  5. End with the Lord’s Prayer or a final blessing.

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