When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt, He fulfilled a prophecy by the prophet Zechariah five hundred years earlier (Zech. 9:9). Jesus was able to direct the disciples to the exact location and moment where they could secure the colt for Him to ride. Jesus is the Messiah who was foretold. He received worship from people. And He is able both to know and control the future. Jesus is God.
Yet He rode on a colt, a humble animal. He had not come to conquer but to suffer. He had not come to deal out death but to die. He came to be humiliated for us on a cross. But His humiliation is now over. He is now highly exalted and has the name that is above every name. When Jesus returns to our world to make all things new, He is going to come on a white horse (Rev. 19:11). The first time He came to our world, He came riding a humble animal and He came to give His life for us. When He returns, He will return in power, not to endure evil, pain, and suffering but to eliminate them forever.
Tips for Teaching This Week’s Session of The Gospel Project for Adults
Every week for Volume 4: From Captivity to the Wilderness, Ken Braddy, Lifeway’s director of Sunday School, will offer guidance to help leaders prepare to lead and teach each session of The Gospel Project for Adults.
Tips for Teaching This Week’s Session of The Gospel Project for Students
Every week, student ministry leaders offer guidance to help leaders prepare to lead and teach each session of The Gospel Project for Students. Listen in as he shares:
- The main point of the session
- Any challenges and opportunities for additional discussion that may arise during this session
- Encouragements for leaders
A Final Reminder
Don’t forget, you can find tools to help you prepare and lead the discussion in the Additional Resources for this volume. We hope these are a blessing to you as you walk through this session together.
*This week’s leader devotional is written by Eric Geiger. It is adapted from the daily devotions for Unit 26, Session 1 from The Gospel Project for Adults’ Daily Discipleship Guide.