The King Entered Jerusalem On A Donkey

The King Entered Jerusalem On A Donkey

Palm Sunday celebration, Luke 19:28-24

POY! SKIT GUIDELINES:

  • In a small group, participants might simply read their lines, or glance at their lines to get the idea so they can speak in their own words.
  • Most POY! skits require no practice in advance.
  • Have any small children play a brief part. Most scripts have an optional part for children, listed last under Participants.
  • Most scripts have a Narrator who should read the script beforehand to see how to keep moving the story along.
  • It is not necessary to employ costumes and objects, unless the skit recommends such.
  • It is not required to have an audience watch the skit. All present may participate.
  • Scripture and paraphrases, if any, usually appear in bold.

PARTICIPANTS:

Thomas (also serves as Narrator)
Disciple
Voice (of Jesus) Stand to one side, read slowly and loudly.
Pharisee

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults that want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

SCRIPT:

Thomas

I’m getting nervous. We’re coming near to the Holy City, Jerusalem.

Disciple

I’m anxious, too, Thomas. Why does Jesus want to go there? The officials there want to kill Him.

Thomas

Jesus is stopping here on the Mount of Olives, and he is looking out overJerusalem. I wonder why.

Voice

Go to that village and you’ll find a colt tied which no one has ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks why you’re untying it, tell them, “The Lord has need of it.”

Disciple

We go and find the donkey just as Jesus had told us.

Prompter & Companions

Hee haw! Hee Haw!

Disciple

While we untie the colt, its owner comes running, wanting to know why we’re untying it.

Thomas

The Lord needs it. I don’t know why He prefers a donkey to a horse.

Disciple

We bring the colt to Jesus, and throw our coats on it. Jesus sits on it, and rides down the slope of the Mount of Olives.

Pharisee

Oh, look! Many of that deceiver’s disciples have heard He was on His way, and they are coming to greet that seditious Rabbi. Look at the rabble! They’re shouting praises and waving Palm branches. How disgraceful!

Thomas

That’s not all. We are spreading our coats on the road, to make a path for Him!

Prompter & Companions

Glory to God in the highest!

Disciple

Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Glory in the highest!

Prompter & Companions

Our King! Our King!

Pharisee

Now, this is too much! Teacher, rebuke Your disciples! This is scandalous!

Voice

I tell you, if these people become silent, the stones will cry out!

Prompter & Companions

Hosanna! Hosanna!

Thomas

Jesus rides on and stops again to look out over Jerusalem. Oh! He’s weeping!

Voice

Jerusalem, Jerusalem! If you’d only known! You could have won peace this day! But now it’s hidden from your eyes. The days will come when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you and hem you in on every side. They will level you to the ground and your children within you; they will not leave one stone upon another. This will all happen because you did not recognize the time of God’s visiting you.

DISCUSS:

What was the difference between the way the crowd received Jesus on His way into Jerusalem, and the way the mob treated Him a few days later before the Roman governor Pilate?

(Good answers: At his entry, they praised and welcomed him. Before the governor, they rejected him and demanded to have him crucified.)

Jesus came seated on a donkey, in fulfillment of prophecy.What other Old Testament prophecies did Jesus fulfill during the final days of His earthly life?

(Commend all good answers.There are many.)

What kind of Messiah were most of the Jews expecting?

(Good answer: A triumphant and conquering king.)

How will Jesus’ final coming be different from His entry into Jerusalem on that “Palm Sunday”?

(Good answers: He will come in power, glory and judgment, defeating his foes and raising his followers to life.)

 

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