The boisterous crowd cheered and waved as Jesus rode into Jerusalem. Surely each of them imagined how this man might improve their lives and livelihoods. But in truth there was so much more going on than anyone could see. The time had come. The stage was being set. Centuries of prayers were being answered. And the crowd had no idea.

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Title: Good Friday // John 12:12-19

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The boisterous crowd cheered and waved as Jesus rode into Jerusalem. Surely each of them imagined how this man might improve their lives and livelihoods. But in truth there was so much more going on than anyone could see. The time had come. The stage was being set. Centuries of prayers were being answered. And the crowd had no idea.

As a family, take time to discuss these questions and possible action steps you can take.

Expecting Too Little
As Jesus rode into Jerusalem, why were the people praising Him?
What had they heard about Jesus? What had they seen him do? What did the crowds expect Jesus to do next?
What did the disciples expect from Jesus?
What did the Pharisees expect would happen if everyone followed Jesus? What were they afraid of?
How was God’s plan for each of these people even better than they expected?

Expectations Redefined
What are some big (or small) things you expected to do this Spring?
How is the reality different from what you expected?
What words describe how you feel about all these changes?
Do you believe that God could have something even better in store for you than what you were expecting?

A Better Plan
Look up some of these passages and talk about the promises in each one.
Jeremiah 29:11
1 Peter 1:3-4
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Matthew 6:31-33
Genesis 50:20
Let’s come up with some real action steps to stay focused on God’s promises instead of our expectations this week.
(Ideas might include to choose a promise verse to memorize as a family, write out a verse and hang it in a place you
will see it often, write out your biggest disappointment and pray over it, asking God to transform it into something
amazing.)

Jon Stallsmith

Jon Stallsmith