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020A. Jesus our Triumphant King Rides a Donkey into Jerusalem

ZwPI8cfkJesus our Triumphant King Rides a Donkey into Jerusalem
Palm Sunday Celebration, about 5 minutes, from Luke 19:28-44

Participants (No need to memorize lines; the aim is to relive sacred events, not to perform)
  Thomas
  Peter
  Voice (of Jesus)
  Pharisee
  Prompter            Shout a brief line, and Echoes repeat it.
  Echoes               Children and all adults who want to take part. Echoes need no script.

Thomas

Peter, I warned Jesus that we’d all die if we went into Jerusalem.

Peter

But here we are, Thomas,
descending this Mount of Olives into the city,
where the religious leaders intend to kill him.

Thomas

And us, too, probably.

Prompter & Echoes

It won’t be long now.

Peter

Jesus knows that he’s stepping into their trap.
I guess that’s why he let Mary anoint him
for his burial with that priceless perfume.

Thomas

The aroma of that costly nard still lingers on him.
We’re getting close. I’m scared, Peter.

Peter

I am, too, Thomas.
It gets more dangerous with every step we take!

Prompter & Echoes

It’s too risky!

Thomas

Jesus has stopped here on the Mount of Olives.
Has he changed his mind?

Peter

He won’t turn back, Thomas. Listen to him.

Voice

Go to that village; you will find a donkey tied,
and a colt that no one has ridden. Untie them and bring them here.
If anyone asks why you’re untying them, tell them I need them.

Peter

We go and find them just as Jesus had told us.
The donkey greets us.

Prompter & Echoes

Hee haw!

Peter

We release the donkey and colt, and the owner comes running.
He shouts, “Why are you untying them?”

Thomas

The Lord needs them, sir.
I don’t know why he prefers a donkey to a horse,
to enter the city of Kings.

Peter

The prophet Zachariah predicted it, Thomas.

Thomas

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

Prompter & Echoes

Clip clop, clip clop!

Thomas

We are close to Jerusalem now. What will happen?
Oh, oh! Here comes trouble. Those Pharisees are furious.

Pharisee

That deceiver’s disciples are running to greet him.
Look at the misguided rabble wave palm branches and shout. Disgraceful!

Thomas

His disciples are spreading their coats on the road
to make a path for the King of Kings!

Prompter & Echoes

Glory to God in the highest!

Peter

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

Prompter & Echoes

Our savior and king!

Pharisee

This is too much! I’ll tell that brazen Nazarene to stop this scandal.
You there, riding on that jackass – rebuke your disciples!

Voice

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

Prompter & Echoes

Hosanna!

Thomas

Jesus rides on, and stops to look sorrowfully down on Jerusalem.

Prompter & Echoes

He is weeping!

Voice

Jerusalem, Jerusalem!
If you’d only known, you could have won peace this day!

Prompter & Echoes

God’s peace is hidden from you!

Peter

How sad!

Voice

Your enemies will barricade you on every side.
They will level you to the ground and your children within you;
they will not leave one stone upon another.

Thomas

Oh no! Did you hear that, Peter?

Peter

Yes. He foretold the ruin of this great city!

Voice

Jerusalem, you did not recognize the time
of God’s coming to you.

Prompter & Echoes

Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem!

Peter

For months Jesus has been announcing his Kingdom,
getting ever closer to Jerusalem where his journey would end.
Now we have arrived.

Prompter & Echoes

His time has come!