John 12:9-19 NIV
 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.  So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well,  for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.  The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.  They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!”  Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:  “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”  At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.  Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word.  Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him.  So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him !” …
- Why does the chief priest planned to kill Lazarus in verse 10?
- In this passover festival, what did the crowd do when they saw Jesus coming to Jerusalem riding a donkey (v13-14)?
- Were the Pharisees happy about how the crowd welcomed Jesus according to v19? Why or why not?
- Why do you think people welcomed Jesus warmly? Any reason for using branches or for laying down their coat? Would you do the same?
- Why did the people shouted “Blessed is the King of Israel?” Did the people believed that Jesus Christ was their King? Why or why not?
- Why do you think the chief priest and Pharisees hated Jesus?
- How can we show respect to Jesus Christ as our King? Any specific action you can start doing now or anything you want to offer to Jesus?
- Is Jesus Christ the Lord of your life? In what sense?