Responding to Jesus
March 24, 2024

Responding to Jesus: The Cries of the Crowd

Amy Norman
Matthew 21:1-17

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Connect How can you follow Jesus more closely this week?


  1. Have you ever had any interaction with royalty? What has been the closest you’ve got?
  2. Why do you think royal visits were more significant in the ancient world?

Read Matthew 21:1-11

  1. What did Jesus send the disciples to do? How spontaneous or organised do you think Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem was?
  2. Has Jesus ever sent you to do a seemingly random task, only for God to use it? Share your experience.
  3. Read Zechariah 9:9-10. How does Jesus fulfil this prophecy? What does the prophecy promise?
  4. How is Jesus different from the typical king?
  5. What is the crowd singing? What does ‘Hosanna’ mean? 
  6. What do you think caused them to break-out in praise? Where does their praise originate from?

Read Matthew 21:12-16

  1. What are your initial reaction to Jesus’ action in the temple?
  2. What was the purpose of the temple? Why were there money changers and traders there?
  3. What is the purpose of the temple in Jesus’ eyes? How was this being threatened?
  4. What authority does Jesus have in correcting the practices of the temple? 
  5. What authority should Jesus have in our own lives? How do you respond to Jesus expressing authority over your life (like your decisions, reactions, plans, etc.)?
  6. What things might we have misused the original purpose that God intended?
  7. Who is angry at Jesus and who comes to him? Why might that be surprising?
  8. Why were the chief priests and teachers of the law indignant at the children shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David”? 
  9. How does Jesus treat children? (hint: look at Matthew 18:1-5; 19:13-15)
  10. What does child-like faith look like? How is it different from the chief priests and teachers of the law?
  11. What differences are there between how you respond to Jesus and how children respond to Jesus?
  12. How can you make praise of Jesus a daily part of your life?

Apply How can you make praise of Jesus a daily part of your life?

Gracious Father, thank you that Jesus, our gentle-peace bringing king has come. This Easter, help our hearts to be overflowing with praise. Please give us opportunities to share this joy, so that many others would be able to welcome Jesus into their life as the King. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
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