Straight from the Donkey’s Mouth

Yesterday’s message was a little different for me. I preached a narrative or “story” sermon called Straight from the Donkey’s Mouth. It is a re-telling of the events of Palm Sunday from the viewpoint or perspective of the donkey. The sermon draws on material from all four gospel accounts describing Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, but the text we read before the message came from the gospel of John.

John 12:12-15

12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the King of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,

15 “Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.” (NIV)

I don’t usually preach narrative sermons, so this was a little outside of my comfort zone, but I trust God used it to touch the people there with a message from his Word.

The sermon came from a message that my own pastor gave on Palm Sunday when I was in about the third or the fourth grade. God used that message to impress on my young heart an understanding of discipleship to Jesus Christ in a whole new way. That was about thirty-five years ago, and I never forgot it. I hope you enjoy this message, too!

Note: To read the complete message, go to the Sermons tab at the top of the blog.

4 Comments

  1. Rachael says:

    I loved your sermon Pastor Ray!
    It was a great way to tell the story of Palm Sunday!
    I can see why you remembered it from WAY back when! 😉

    God Bless!

    ~Rachael~

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Aw, Rachael, did you have to capitalize the word “WAY” like that? You really know how to hurt a guy! 🙂   I’m glad you enjoyed the sermon. I enjoyed the whole service yesterday. God is so good!

  3. Ray Fowler says:

    Here is a marvelous comment that was emailed to me earlier today about the sermon: “We are all donkeys through God’s grace carrying Jesus to others. It is not a bad stable to be in. Have a great Resurrection Day!!”

  4. Margaret says:

    I enjoyed reading about your sermon on the donkey. Believe it or not, I also remember that same sermon!! I think it was preached by our Pastor Wayne Hill. I guess this proves something about narrative sermons being memorable, as I honestly don’t remember other sermons at that time. However, I wouldn’t want the narrative type every Sunday. But once in a while … obviously it stands out!

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