Jesus Rode Donkey

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WHEN JESUS RODE A DONKEY


Dave: We don't usually bring animals to church with us, but I brought a donkey with me today that really has a tale to tell.

Donkey: Haw He Haw (Try to give inflections of excitement in voice.)

Dave: The donkey says, "Wow! What a day I've had today!" Won't you please tell us about it?

Donkey: (Bray trying to give inflections of fear.)

Dave: The donkey says, It started when two strange guys came and took me away from Mama. I've never been away from Mama. I'm just a teenager, actually.

Donkey: (Bray: curiosity)

Dave: The donkey says, These guys led me outside the city and I met a man who was different from any man I've ever met. He had the kindest eyes I've ever seen. And they looked sad too.

By the way, do you have a name, Donkey?

Donkey: (Bray: matter of fact)

Dave: The donkey says we can call her Jewel. Did you have more to tell us?

Donkey: (Bray: fear followed by wonder of wonders & peace)

Dave: Jewel says, The two strangers helped this kind man mount on my back. Now I've never been ridden before, and I wanted to jump around and toss him right off. But this man was different. I just felt so peaceful, and I wanted to do whatever He wanted.

Donkey: (Bray: excitement)

Dave: Jewel says, He headed me along the main road into the city, and soon I realized this was a major festival. People were gathering and everyone was shouting "Hosanna" and "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!" It was like this guy was a King on the way to being crowned. I wondered if this was the Messiah that everyone was talking about?

Donkey: (Bray: wonder, distant recollections)

Dave: Jewel says, Then it came to me... Messiah! Yes! Didn't I remember my mother telling me about something that happened to her grandfather long ago? Mama said her mama told her about it. Jewel thinks that a donkey carried the Messiah's mother to Bethlehem the very night he was born. She said the donkey told about seeing the Messiah being born. And then there were shepherds who came and told about angels on the hillside who announced his Kingship.

Donkey: (Bray: awe)

Dave: Jewel says, "Wow! He chose just a little donkey like me to ride! But it couldn't be, could it? I mean, I'm just an ordinary donkey. Shouldn't a King be riding a great stallion?"

Donkey: (Bray: as if praying)

Dave: Jewel says we should pray... Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for coming to us and for showing us your love. We thank you for dying on a cross for our sins that we may live with you in heaven one day. Bless these children and draw them closer to you every day.

Donkey: (Bray: motioning with head to invite to follow and praise Jesus)

Dave: Jewel says we can praise Jesus just like the people did on the road to Jerusalem. Let's shout "Hosanna" and praise Jesus too! (Give each child a palm leaf and lead them around the church saying "Hosanna" and "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!")

Click here for pattern to make donkey ears out of construction paper. (MS Word pattern)

Click here for pattern to make donkey ears out of construction paper. (MS Publisher pattern)

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