Friday, April 3, 2015

Legend of the Donkey's Cross

A poor farmer near Jerusalem owned a donkey far too small to do much work at all. He felt that he couldn't afford to feed a worthless animal like this; one that could do him no good whatsoever.  At the supper table he told his family that he was going to kill the donkey.
His children, who loved the little donkey, begged him to sell it rather than harm it. The farmer said; "it's wrong to sell an animal that cannot do a good day's work."
Then his oldest daughter suggested, "Father, tie the donkey to a tree on the road to town, and say whoever wants it may take it for nothing". The next morning, that's what the farmer did.
Soon, two men approached and asked if they could have the donkey. "It can carry almost nothing",  the farmer told them.
"Jesus of Nazareth has need of it," replied one of the men. The farmer couldn't imagine what a great teacher would want with such a worthless donkey, but he handed it over.
The men took the animal to Jesus, who stroked the grateful donkey's face and then mounted it and rode away. It was on the day we call Palm Sunday; Jesus led his followers into the city of Jerusalem riding on the back of a small, common donkey.
The donkey so loved his gentle master that he later followed him to Calvary. Grief-stricken by the sight of Jesus on the cross, the donkey turned away but couldn't leave. It was then that the shadow of the cross fell upon the shoulders and the back of the donkey, and there it stayed. All donkeys have borne the sign of the cross on their backs since that very day.


Gail said...

What a wonderful legend. I have seen this breed of donkeys.

DJan said...

What a sweet Good Friday story, Lilly. Thank you for this to mark this day.

Linda Kay said...

What a lovely legend to share with us today, and have a blessed Easter weekend.

Red said...

I had head something about a cross on a donkey. Now I know all about it.

biebkriebels said...

That is a nice story, I didn't even know a donkey has a cross on his back. I don't see so many donkeys around here.

Petra Pavl√°tkov√° said...

It's a nice story, Lilly, I've never heard it.

Kay said...

I've never heard this wonderful legend. Thank you for telling us about it.