The triumphal entry! (2)

Palm Sunday is when Jesus went into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. People lay down their cloaks and the palm branches from the trees. They shouted “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Do you know why a donkey has a cross on it’s back? It is because Jesus rode on it! It did not get the cross on it’s back because it carried a cross, or any other fairy tale or fable that talks about it. It got the cross from one person, Jesus Christ the Son of God!

Luke 19: 28-44 

After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it.’”

32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34 They replied, “The Lord has need of it.”

35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

 

Matthew 21:4-11

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]

“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

 

Do you see the cross on the donkey’s back? Every time you see a donkey look at it’s back and remember that Jesus the Son of God rode on it’s back! (P.S if you have kids they will love seeing the cross on the donkey! Just remember to tell them how the cross got on it’s back!)

Here is a picture of a donkey’s back. See even the little donkey has a cross on it’s back!

 

 

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