The Triumphal Entry: The Story of Easter

Welcome to “The Triumphal Entry: The Story of Easter.” In this video by Saddleback Kids, you will learn the captivating story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This video is part of a series of three videos that tell the story of Easter, based on the passages from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Saddleback Kids, the children’s ministry at Saddleback Church, has developed these fun and creative ways to teach children about God’s word. Whether you want to connect with the content your child learns at Saddleback Church or use these videos as stand-alone Bible lessons, you and your child will enjoy and learn about what God has planned for each of us.

The story of Easter and the triumphal entry is a powerful testament to Jesus as the Son of God and the Savior of the world. During his time on earth, Jesus taught about God’s love, healed the sick, and performed incredible miracles. As the Jewish people celebrated Passover, Jesus journeyed to Jerusalem to join in the festivities. Along the way, Jesus instructed his disciples to find a young donkey, and the people of Jerusalem spread their cloaks on the road, welcoming him as he entered the city. The excitement and praise from his followers led the Pharisees to become upset, but Jesus reminded them that even if the people were silent, the stones would cry out. As the whole city of Jerusalem recognized Jesus and his triumphal entry, he fulfilled the prophecy of the Savior coming to Israel, just as God had said many years before.

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The Story of Easter (The Triumphal Entry)


Welcome to the story of Easter, specifically focusing on the Triumphal Entry. This event is a significant moment in the life of Jesus and plays a crucial role in the Easter narrative. We will explore the background, Jesus’ ministry on earth, the Passover festival, Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, the anticipation in Jerusalem, the concerns of the Pharisees, and finally, the triumphal entry itself. Join us as we delve deeper into the story, paying attention to the details and understanding its significance.


Before we dive into the Triumphal Entry itself, let’s set the stage by understanding the broader context. Jesus, the Son of God and the Savior of the world, was on earth, teaching everyone about God’s love and healing people from their sickness. He performed numerous miracles, including calming storms and even raising people from the dead. During this time, the Jewish people were celebrating the festival of Passover, which had been celebrated since the time of Moses. Passover commemorates God’s deliverance of His people from Egypt.

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Jesus’ Ministry on Earth

Jesus’ ministry on earth was characterized by teaching about God’s love, healing the sick, and performing miracles. His teachings were filled with wisdom and emphasized the importance of love, forgiveness, and salvation. He showed immense compassion towards those who were suffering and demonstrated God’s power through miraculous healings. Many were amazed by His teachings and the miracles He performed, which spread His fame throughout the region.

Passover Festival

The Passover festival holds great significance in Jewish tradition. It commemorates the miraculous deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The festival involves the sacrifice of a lamb and the partaking of unleavened bread and bitter herbs, symbolizing the haste with which the Israelites left Egypt. This annual celebration is a time of remembrance and thanksgiving, filled with rituals and traditions that have been observed for centuries.

Jesus’ Journey to Jerusalem

As the Passover festival approached, Jesus and His disciples made their way towards Jerusalem. To prepare for His arrival, Jesus sent two of His disciples ahead into a village. He instructed them to find a young donkey that had never been ridden and bring it to Him. If anyone questioned their actions, they were to say, “The Lord needs it and will return it soon.” The disciples followed Jesus’ instructions and brought Him the donkey.

The Anticipation in Jerusalem

News of Jesus’ imminent arrival in Jerusalem spread rapidly through the city. Many had heard about the amazing things He had done, such as healing the sick and performing miracles. The anticipation of seeing Jesus caused great excitement among the people. As Jesus approached, they cut palm branches and ran to greet Him, spreading their cloaks on the road as a sign of respect and honor. The crowd began to shout and sing, praising God for the wonderful miracles they had witnessed.

Pharisees’ Concern

While the people were filled with excitement and joy, the Pharisees and religious rulers began to feel threatened. They realized that their power and authority were overshadowed by Jesus’ teachings and the miracles He performed. They grew increasingly concerned about the growing popularity of Jesus and the impact He was having on the people.

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The Triumphal Entry

Despite the concerns of the Pharisees, Jesus continued His journey into Jerusalem. He entered the city on the back of the donkey, fulfilling ancient prophecies that spoke of the Messiah coming in this way. The crowd continued to sing and praise Jesus as they walked alongside Him, proclaiming blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord. This triumphant entry into Jerusalem marked a significant moment in Jesus’ ministry and foreshadowed the events to come.


In conclusion, the Triumphal Entry is a pivotal moment in the Easter story. It sets the stage for the final days of Jesus’ life on earth and underscores His role as the long-awaited Messiah. As we reflect on this event, let us remember the love, compassion, and power of Jesus, who came to bring salvation and redemption to all who believe in Him. May this story serve as a reminder of the hope and victory we find in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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