Sunday 6 – Today begins Holy Week. This is a very short lesson. Today would be a good time to begin the Trail of Holy Week (Holy Week Trail).
Narrator: Jesus, the disciples, and the great crowds were heading toward Jerusalem when they came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus stopped and beckoned to two of the disciples.
Jesus: Go to the village over there. There you’ll find a donkey tied to a post and a foal beside it. Untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone tries to stop you, then tell him, “The Master needs these,” and he will send the donkey and foal immediately.
Narrator: He sent the disciples on ahead so His entry into Jerusalem could fulfill what the prophet Zechariah had long since foretold:Tell this to Zion’s daughter,
“Look—your King is approaching, seated humbly on a donkey, a young foal, a beast of burden.”
So the disciples went off and followed Jesus’ instructions. They brought the donkey and foal to Jesus, they spread their cloaks on the animals, and Jesus sat down on them. The great crowd followed suit, laying their cloaks on the road. Others cut leafy branches from the trees and scattered those before Jesus. And the crowds went before Jesus, walked alongside Him, and processed behind—all singing.
Crowd: Hosanna, praises to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Eternal One! Hosanna in the highest
Narrator: And that is how Jesus came into Jerusalem. The people noticed this strange parade. They wondered who this could be, this humble bearded man on a donkey who incited such songs.
Crowd: This is Jesus, the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.
I wonder what the disciples thought as they went to fetch the donkey?
I wonder if anyone stopped the disciples and asked what they were doing?
I wonder what Jesus thought as he was riding the donkey?
I wonder if anyone knew Jesus was going to die and raise again in one week?