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The Humble and Heroic Donkey Mark 11:1-11

The Humble and Heroic Donkey

Don’t forget who carried Jesus on Palm Sunday.


Intelligence, cooperation and nobility … those are the characteristics of the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem. And they serve as an example of the qualities Christians should strive for as they carry Jesus forward in what they think, do and say.



For material based on today’s Old Testament text, see “The Greatest Teacher Ever,” April 17, 2011.


Palm Sunday is named for the “leafy branches” that people cut in the fields and placed on the road in front of Jesus (Mark 11:8). It’s the day we think of crowds shouting “Hosanna” and Jesus entering Jerusalem in triumph, hailed as the “the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” (v. 9). Palm Sunday is a day of celebration, with people cheering the One they hoped would usher in “the kingdom of our ancestor David!” (v. 10).

What we usually don’t think about is the colt that Jesus rode into town,...

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