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Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar has an awesome Palm Sunday scene.
-Hosanna Hey
-Tell the Rabble to be quiet.

Download my free teaching outline to Jesus Christ Superstar (the movie).

If above link goes dead Supporting members can see my "updated guide" to the movie, with discussion questions, at: https://www.rotation.org/topic...-superstar-the-movie.

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Palm Sunday

Lessons for the Video Workshop


Editor's Note:
This lesson contains several good video suggestions, one for younger, and three clips to show (or choose from) older students.

Scripture Reference:

Matthew 21:1-11
Mark 11:1-10
Luke 19:28-44
John 12:12-19


Leader Preparation:

  • Review the lesson plan, background materials, and Bible passage(s) for the workshop.
  • Preview the DVDs and make sure you know how to use the TV/DVD, especially how to move by chapters and advance or go back within a chapter (see attached instructions).
  • Make a chart on a large piece of paper for comparing the different versions of the Palm Sunday story in the four Gospels (see lesson). 
  • On the morning of the workshop, set up the popcorn machine and fill two pitchers with drinking water.
  • Gather the Materials


Materials List:

  • DVD – “Rez, the Rock that Rolled” ...for younger children.
  • DVD – “The Easter Story” (Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible) (show clip)
  • DVD – “Jesus Christ Superstar” (show clip)
  • DVD – “The Visual Bible: Matthew” (show clip)
  • Popcorn maker and popcorn 
  • Paper bowls/cups for serving popcorn
  • Napkins
  • Pitcher(s) of drinking water and cups
  • Large sheets of paper and marker(s) 
  • Easel for writing on large paper
  • Masking tape or push pins for hanging paper



Lesson Plan for Younger Children
Video: “Rez, the Rock that Rolled”


Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Make sure you are wearing your name tag and that the children are wearing theirs. Take a few minutes for the children to introduce themselves if appropriate.

Dig- Main Content and Reflection:

Younger kids lesson and video:

  • Introduce the lesson: this month we are learning about Holy Week and Easter. Ask: Who can tell me why we celebrate Easter every year? Talk a little about what the children know about Easter.
  • Introduce the video “Rez, the Rock that Rolled.” Explain that the movie is about the last week of Jesus’ life on earth – his arrival in Jerusalem for Passover, his arrest, his death on the cross, and his resurrection (when he came back to life). The movie tells the story of Jesus last days through the eyes of Gracie, a little bird, and Tombstone, the large rock that guarded Jesus’ tomb.
  • Pass out popcorn and napkins and play the movie.


When the movie is over, talk with the kids a little about the story:

  • What was Tombstone the rock guarding? (a tomb)
  • What is a tomb? (a small cave or carved hole in rock where people in Bible times were placed after they died)
  • What animal did Jesus ride into Jerusalem? (a donkey)
  • What did the people do when Jesus rode into Jerusalem? (cheered, shouted “Hosanna!”, waved palm branches)
  • What happened when Jesus was praying in the garden at night? (soldiers came and arrested him)
  • What happened when Jesus was hung on the cross? (the earth shook and the sky went black; a great storm came)
  • What did one of the soldiers say when he saw Jesus on the cross? (“Surely he was the son of God.)
  • Where did they put Jesus’ body after he died? (in the tomb, with a large stone rolled in front to keep the tomb closed)
  • What happened on the third day after Jesus died? (he came back to life; he walked out of the tomb)




Lesson Plan for Older Children

Note: Three different videos are suggested. You can adapt to one or two as needed.

Introduce the Lesson:
Say: This month we are learning about one of the first events of Holy Week, which is the week before Jesus died on the cross then rose from his tomb. This month we are talking about Palm Sunday, the day that Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. Holy Week is the week before Easter; Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week and Easter Sunday is the last day.

Background to Share:

  • Jesus had been teaching and healing people for three years. It was nearing the time of Passover, the celebration of Moses leading the Hebrew people out of Egypt. Jesus and his disciples were going to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration there.
  • Passover was an annual Jewish holiday celebrating how God had freed the people from slavery in Egypt. What is kind of ironic is that the people in Jesus’ days were celebrating freedom from Egypt but they lived under the oppressive rule of the Romans.


Study Activity: Compare the Gospels

Tell the kids that you are going to read the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem in all four Gospels to see how the four versions of the same story differ. Then you are going to watch the “Palm Sunday” scene from three different movies about Jesus to see which, if any, of the Bible stories they match. 

  • Have the children take out their Bibles. Beginning with Matthew 21:1-11, read all four passages about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
  • For each passage, write the keys elements of the story, and how it is the same or different from the other versions, on the prepared chart (large paper on easel).

Refer to the Matthew list here for points to include on your chart; add other differences and/or similarities in the passages that you and the kids identify.

Matthew 21:1-11

  • Jesus sent two Disciples to get a donkey and her colt (v. 2)
  • Quotes the prophecy from Zechariah that Jesus would arrive on a donkey
  • Seems to say Jesus rode on both the donkey and the colt ( v. 7)
  • The crowd spread cloaks on the road and also branches from trees (v. 8)
  • Crowd shouts “Hosanna!” and “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” (v. 9)

Mark 11:1-10

  • Jesus sent two Disciples to get a colt (v. 2)
  • The crowd spread cloaks on the road and leafy branches they cut in the fields (v. 8)
  • No mention of the prophecy that Jesus would arrive on a donkey
  • Crowd shouts “Hosanna!” and “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” (v. 9)

Luke 19:28-44 

  • Jesus sent two Disciples to get a colt (v. 30)
  • Crowd spread cloaks on the road (v. 36) but no mention of palms or other branches
  • Describes the Disciples shouting, praising God, but not the crowd (v. 37)
  • No mention of crowd shouting “Hosanna!” – crowd calls Jesus “King” (v.38)
  • No mention of the prophecy that Jesus would arrive on a donkey
  • Pharisees told Jesus to order his Disciples to be quiet; Jesus replied that then the “stones would shout out.”

John 12:12-19

  • Jesus found the donkey (he didn’t send the Disciples to get it; v. 14)
  • Only passage that specifically states the crowd waved palm tree branches (v. 13)
  • Crowd shouts “Hosanna!” and calls Jesus “King of Israel” (v. 13)
  • Refers to prophecy that Jesus would arrive on a donkey

Show the Videos:
Watch the Videos listed below and compare the three different video clips as described below. Pass out popcorn and napkins.

  • Talk briefly about each scene after you watch it. 
  • What did the kids notice? Is there anything they didn’t understand?
  • Is the scene similar or different from the Bible passages (refer to the chart from your discussion)? See specific scene notes, below.

Video Clip 1: “The Easter Story, Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible” 

  • Told through the eyes of the Apostle Mark, so look for similarities and differences to the passage from Mark 11.
  • This DVD has no scene selection. From Main Menu, select “Play Story” and then manually advance until you see the scene panning across Jerusalem. (If you can’t get to the right scene, you can play the DVD from the beginning; it’ll just take a few minutes longer.)
  • Stop the DVD when the two Pharisee priests leave to go tell Caiaphas (when one of them says, “Somebody had better keep an eye on him."


Video Clip 2: “Jesus Christ Superstar”

  • Jesus Christ Superstar was first staged as a play on Broadway in 1971. This play was made into a movie in 1973. In both the play and the movie, the characters sing most of their lines. This format is called an opera. Because the format of the music was rock and roll, it was called a rock opera.
  • From the Menu, select Scenes, then select Scene 4 Everything’s Alright. When the scene begins, advance manually until you see a scene with birds flying in blue sky.
  • Point out Caiaphas in the early part of the scene (wearing black robes and big, round black hat). Caiaphas was the chief religious official for the Jewish people.
  • Stop the video when the scene shifts to arid desert (after Jesus walks to the top of the rock to speak to the people).
  • Ask: Why did the Pharisees (guys in black robes on scaffolding) say Jesus was “dangerous” and “a problem”? (If the Romans thought Jesus was taking power from the Pharisees, the Romans would boot out the Pharisees and take direct control of Jerusalem.)
  • Ask: Why did Caiaphas want Jesus to quiet the crowds? (Caiaphas wanted Jesus to stop the crowds. Caiaphas and the Pharisees considered their acknowledgment of Jesus as king would be going against Herod, who was the Roman ruler. They were afraid of the Romans.)


Video Clip 3: "The Visual Bible: Matthew"

  • This movie is based on the NIV of Matthew.
  • Insert disc 2 into DVD player. Select Search by Event, and then select Scenes 61-66. Select The Triumphal Entry to play. 
  • Stop the video when the priest (guy in black robe and striped head cloth) is walking down the columned passageway. (If you get to the scene where Jesus enters the temple you’ve gone too far.)


Closing:

Ask:

  • What does “Hosanna” mean? (“Save us")
  • Why did the people shouted “Hosanna”? (They wanted to be saved from the Romans, who ruled over the Jewish people and Jerusalem at that time.)
  • “Did Jesus come to save them from the Romans?” (No)
  • Did Jesus turn out to be the kind of king that the people expected? (No)
  • The people were expecting a warrior type of king. Jesus saved the people in a way that they didn’t expect – by dying on the cross Jesus saves all of us from our sins.
  • What kind of king was Jesus? (Allow all answers – looking for words like humble, peaceful)
  • What sort of mistaken beliefs do people have about Jesus today?

Close with a prayer.

Pass out some smooth stones and finepoint permanent markers. ("River" stones can be purchased in many plant stores). On the bottom of each stone, have students write THEIR NAME and the word SHOUT IT OUT LOUD! or similar.
Pile the stones and place hands on them during a prayer that each of us would learn to show others we follow Jesus Christ with our words and actions. Ask God to turn us from stones to disciples


More Life Application:
(added by Wormy)

How do YOU "shout Hosanna" in the way you act towards others in church, in class, at school, to strangers?

Where are people probably "too quiet about" or "too embarrassed to show" your faith? and why?

What could you ask Jesus to do for you that would turn you from a STONE about your faith to a faithful disciple?


 A lesson written by Bravo5

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Palm Sunday

Video Workshop


Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses The Great Bible Discovery Series: Discovering the Empty Tomb - The Easter Story.  (Vision Video.)


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture and background materials ahead of time.
  • Gather the Materials

Materials List:

  • The Great Bible Discovery Series: Discovering the Empty Tomb - The Easter Story.  (Vision Video)
  • Popcorn
  • TV and DVD player

Advanced Preparation Requirements

  • Have the DVD ready to go.
  • Make the popcorn


Presentation


Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction
:

Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Call the children by name. Use name tags if needed.

Open with a prayer.

Dig- Main Content and Reflection:

Snack: Serve the popcorn before the video and drinks after the video.

Video Presentation:
The Great Bible Discovery Series: Discovering the Empty Tomb - The Easter Story. (Vision Video.)

CUE the video at the point where the narrator begins to discuss "prophets." STOP the video after "Judas betrayal" to discuss the questions below.

Questions:

  • What were some of the prophecies that pointed to Jesus? Ans: Born in Bethlehem; John the Baptist’s preparations; Jesus’ preaching and miracles; disciples’ witness; riding on a donkey.
  • What personality trait was associated with riding on a donkey? Ans: humility. The kids may get this wrong. Refer to Zechariah 9:9 prophesy.
  • Who were some people who reacted against Jesus and why?
  • Who are the people today to don't like/follow Jesus?
  • How do your actions show you are a follower or a detractor of Jesus?
  • Jesus angered even more people at his people’s temple; how and why?
  • How, why, and by whom was Jesus betrayed?
  • Ask students to share times when they have felt exalted, then betrayed.
  • Ask students how THEY might betray Jesus from time to time?

Closing:

  • Summarize discussion and what children have learned.
  • Go over the memory verses again.
  • Encourage the children to come back next week for another workshop, and to invite their friends.
  • Offer an age-appropriate prayer and/or involve children in the prayer. Emphasis become a true follower of Jesus...following him through Holy Week to the Cross and Empty tomb, and not just a "cheerleader".



A lesson written by Wormy

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Psalm Sunday 4 min. Video on Vimeo:

Trinity Cheltenham Church in the UK used the figures and scenery from "Bible Paper Toys" created by Didier Martin to create a really fun short video on Palm Sunday.  The intro starts with four hands (palms) talking about Palm Sunday - very funny!

Palm Weekend from Trinity Cheltenham on Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/39530880

You will find more information on how others have used a Diorama Workshop here (which includes a post with info on Didier Martin's - "Bible Paper Toys").

 




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"The Story of Easter ~ Triumphal Entry"

--a three-minute "video short" from Saddleback Kids on YouTube would be good as an introduction to a Bible study or children's sermon. Nicely done but without any explanation of significance or "so what."  they also have one for Last SupperCross and Resurrection.

Good for younger children.

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In 2021, Crossroads Kids Club released a longer version of the God's Story: Palm Sunday video seen in the post above this one. This extended version was also edited for "at home" use during the pandemic, but works for in-church use too.

This longer version says it's for "younger" kids but it works for up to 4th or 5th.

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