St Johns, Johnsonville and Holy Trinity, Ohariu
Scripture: Luke 19:28-40
He sent two of his disciples off to a nearby village and told them to get a colt, which is a young horse. He said it would be one that had never been ridden. He said if anyone asks them why they were taking it, tell them “The Lord needs it.”
They brought the colt to Jesus. They put their cloaks on it and Jesus got on. As he rode along, people put their cloaks down on the road in front of him.
As he got nearer to the city, everyone began to praise God joyfully in loud voices and thank Him for all the wonderful things they had seen Him do through Jesus. They shouted:
“Blessed is the King
Who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven
And glory in the highest heaven!”
Some of the religious leaders in the crowd were very upset by all this. They said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell your followers to stop that!”
Jesus said, “I tell you, even if they were all silent, then the stones would still shout out!”
Gospel paraphrase by David Earle
When was the last time you saw a parade? What did it feel like watching it go by? What kinds of things did you shout out?
Have you ever taken part in a parade yourself? What did it feel like to be one of the people in the parade?
Think about a parade you have watched – maybe a Christmas parade, or the Rugby 7s or Olympic athletes coming home. Think about the really important people in the parade. What kinds of vehicles did they travel in? How big were they?
But what did Jesus choose to ride on? Try to imagine it – a full grown man on a young horse. Horses in those days would look more like ponies to us. What is Jesus telling us by doing this?
You can download the family activity worksheet, which includes a crossword puzzle based on the gospel story.