Welcome to the third installment in this special coronavirus series of stories. My hope is that kids can find this to be a unique way to worship and study while we’re all staying away from our normal places of worship. Please share it with any kids in your life who might enjoy it! These stories help me to remember that God is with us and has a plan for us, just like always. Stay safe and well!
How it works:
- Listen to the story, then think about the questions.
- Finally, hear what Sophie and Timley have to say about it!
Click on the picture to hear a reading from Luke 19:29-44, Zechariah 9:9, and Revelation 7:17. Then, choose a question or two to think and talk about, or make up your own questions!
- Why do you think the disciples told the owner of the colt that “Its master needs it.” Wouldn’t the owner be the animal’s master? How could Jesus be the master or Lord, as many versions say, of the donkey?
- The crowd that welcomed Jesus called him a king. Do kings usually ride on donkeys, especially young donkeys? What kind of an animal would a king normally ride into battle on? What kind of image does a “colt of a donkey” put into your mind about who Jesus is and what kind of a king he might be?
- The old Testament passage, Zechariah 9:9, foretold that the Jews’ Messiah, or Savior-King, would come riding on the colt of a donkey. The people of that day felt very oppressed by the Romans. Do you think that maybe they were looking for a different kind of savior? Do we still look for a different kind of savior, one who rescues us from our immediate problems?
- The passage in Revelation calls Jesus the Lamb of God. Back in Jesus’ day, priests sacrificed a perfect lamb to pay for their sins and become right with God. What does Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem have to do with him being called the Lamb of God?
Now let’s hear from Sophie and Timley. What have they got to say about it?
Sophie Topfeather: Thorns and thistles, Timley, I just thought of something. Shep always talked about Jesus being the Good Shepherd, but now he’s also the “Lamb of God”?
Timley Mouse: Right, so?
Sophie: So, how can he be both?
Timley: I’m not sure. Maybe it’s one more piece to the puzzle about who Sky Painter really is. The more we read the Bible, the more it all fits together–the old parts and the new parts, they tell one, big story.
Sophie: I’m a little worried about Jesus, the Lamb, riding into Jerusalem. Even though the crowds are cheering today, didn’t the priests sacrifice lambs at the Temple? Sounds like he’s heading into trouble!
Timley: We’ve wondered long and hard about your cross necklace being a ‘t’ for ‘trouble’ and we got into loads of trouble in the Holy Land. If we read on in Luke, we’ll find out that Jesus definitely got into some trouble. We’ll also see that he wasn’t a lamb with a lower-case ‘l.’ Jesus is an upper-case Lamb of God!
Author’s Note: Sophie and Timley are characters from a novel for kids ages 8-12, Sophie’s Quest. Watch for a new edition to be released soon from Brimstone Fiction! This post was originally number ten in a previous series of animal stories in the Bible.