Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Week Begins

The first thing they did was go into the city and find a donkey for him to ride on. This was the first indication that today was going to be different. On the way, one said to the other, "I wonder why the rabbi wants a donkey to ride on. Why not just walk like he usually does?" "I don't know. This is another one of those things I don't understand. I wonder what kind of problems we'll run into."

As they were untying the donkey, the owner came out and demanded to know what they thought they were doing. "The Lord needs it." said the disciples. The owner replied, "I see. Go on and take it then." "That was easier than I thought it would be", the two said to each other as they went back to where the Master waited.

When they got there, they noticed that a larger than usual crowd had gathered. The disciples put their cloaks on the donkey to make a comfortable seat. As the group started toward the city, some in the crowd began to spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches off the trees and laid them down in front of the donkey. The crowd began to shout, "Hosanna, to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" The shouting continued and became louder as the crowd neared the city.

As the procession continued and grew, the disciples started to talk. "Do you hear what they're saying?" "The people are really behind him." This is it. The Kingdom is going to be restored." Yeah, we'll finally be out from under those pagan Romans."

When the group reached the city, people were asking, "Who is this?" The answer came back, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth". Some of the religious leaders, worried that Roman soldiers might be drawn to disperse such a large crowd and bothered by what the people were shouting, said to Jesus, "Tell these people to be quiet!" Jesus replied, "If they keep quiet, the stones around you will begin to shout. The disciples chuckled at the way the rabbi put them in their place.

The crowd continued to the Temple, where some in the group were sure the Master would begin the rebellion that would finally re-establish David's kingdom in its rightful place. They watched in awe and wonder as Jesus went into the temple area and began turning over the money tables, letting the doves and sheep out of their cages, and just generally causing havoc. The disciples thought, "Now what's he doing? I know the moneychangers and animal sellers were cheating people, but that probably isn't the best way to handle things."

As they left the city for the night, they all wondered, "What would the week bring?"

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