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Friday, April 14, 2017

Legend of the Donkey


Legend of the Donkey

Have you heard the legend of the Christian donkeys? This is the story that has been told about the little donkey who was Jesus’ mount on Palm Sunday.

It is said that a donkey carried Mary to Bethlehem and is also referred to as a Nativity Donkey.   The Nubian burro has a cross on its back because it is believed that these donkeys carried Jesus to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

A Donkey is the only animal in the world with a cross on its back, Jesus the Messiah came into Jerusalem on the cross and he also left Jerusalem with a cross. Coincidence ? I don't think so. Thank you Jesus for taking ALL our sins on You!

To ride on a donkey signified coming in peace, this symbolic event served to reinforce what Jesus had told the people of Israel: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he [is] just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon a donkey, and upon a colt the foal of a donkey.”(Zachariah 9:9 KJV)

Many Christians believe that the donkey had known what Jesus was about to go through with his trial and suffering. They say that seeing the tragic event of Jesus’ crucifixion, the donkey wished he had been able to carry the cross for Jesus, as he was the one who should carry such burdens. The donkey turned his back on the sight but he could not leave Jesus whom he had carried.  He wished to stay until all was over because of his love and loyalty.

In reward for the loyal and humble love of the donkey,  the Lord caused the shadow of the cross to fall across his back and the donkey has carried the cross ever since as a sign that the love of God carries a reward for all to see.

Each Christian Donkey carries a cross on its back that is unlike all the others. There are no two alike, each is defined by the cross they bear on their back. Many of these donkeys are called Jerusalem Donkeys, Christian Donkeys, and Mediterranean Donkeys because in the Middle East these burros are used in every day life such as farming or traveling purposes.

The Cross on their back is how the Christian Donkeys are kept for record in their registration papers. The cross on their backs is in honor Jesus.




Have a very blessed Good Friday.

Joining Deb at Breathing in Grace....

Until Next Time




9 comments:

  1. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing, I had never seen it before. Happy Easter!

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  2. Yes, wonderful reminded of our Savior.

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  3. Very interesting. I have never heard of this before. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. That is totally new information that I've never heard before. How very significant and interesting. Thank you for sharing this with us. Puts another whole perspective on the lowly donkey being chosen to carry our Lord, doesn't it? Wow. Have a blessed Easter my friend.

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  5. That's just awesome! Wow! Loved this, Ms. Mary. Hope you have an awesomely blessed Easter SONday! 💜

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  6. I had heard this before, but not in this detail. Thanks Mary for sharing it with us. Have a very blessed Easter as we celebrate our risen savior!

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  7. Hi Mary, I never heard about the cross pattern on the donkey. Very interesting and thanks for sharing!

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  8. Interesting. This is new for me.

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  9. What an extraordinary story about the donkey! Never heard that. Thank you for sharing it. Have a blessed day.

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