THY CROSS I’LL CARRY: The legend of the Jerusalem Donkey

first_img “We all know that a donkey carried Mary to Bethlehem and on the trip to Egypt,” Powell said. “Jesus rode a donkey to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the significance of Jesus’ riding a donkey was that he was coming in peace.“The Nubian donkey has a cross on its back because it was said that this breed of donkeys carried Jesus to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.”Powell said, according to legend, the donkey knew what that Jesus was facing a trial and much suffering. Seeing the tragic event of Jesus’ crucifixion, the donkey wished that he had been able to carry the cross for Jesus and bear his burden. The donkey could not bear the sight of the cross and turned its head away until it was “finished” because of its love for Jesus. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 2:00 am Saturday, April 4, 2015 The Christian donkey or the Jerusalem Donkey. The cross on the donkey’s back is widely thought to be from the Easter story.Every season had its legends, and Easter is no exception.Although legends are not based on fact, they often become a part of the lore of the season and add special significance to it.The Legend of the Christian donkey or the Jerusalem Donkey has become a part of the story of Easter. Although it is, perhaps, just a story about the donkey that was Jesus’ mount on Palm Sunday, it has a message that is worth hearing at Easter, said Jim Powell, pastor of Tennille and Union Hill United Methodist churches. Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content Print Article That’s what the farmer did, Powell said. When he was approached by two men who said Jesus of Nazareth was in need of the donkey, he gladly gave the worthless donkey to them.Jesus led his followers into Jerusalem riding on the back of a small, common donkey.That donkey followed Jesus to Calvary and stood in the shadow of the cross and the shadow of the cross fell on the back on the donkey. These special donkeys have borne the sign on the cross since day.Powell said, no matter which story one believes or even if the stories are not believed, the fact that Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem fulfilled a prophecy spoken 500 year before, that the Messiah would ride a donkey into Jerusalem.“The stories, the legends, are reminders to all of us of the donkey’s gift to Jesus,” he said.Powell said another Easter legend that most Southerners know and appreciate is the Legend of the Dogwood.“The story is that, at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, the dogwood was about the size of an oak tree,” he said. “Because it was a large and strong tree, it was chosen as the timber for the cross. The dogwood tree was sad to be used for such a cruel thing. Jesus realized the tree’s sorrow and commanded that, from that day forward, the branches of the dogwood would twist and the trunk would never grow big enough and strong enough to be used as a cross.”Powell said the blossoms of the dogwood tree are also a reminder of Jesus’ crucifixion. “The flowers of the dogwood form a cross, with two long and two short petals,” he said.“On the edge of each petal you can see brown, rusty nail prints that are stained with red,” Powell said.“In the middle of the flower, there’s a crown of thorns. Each flower on the dogwood tree is a reminder of the suffering of Jesus on the cross.”There are other Easter legends, but Powell said the Jerusalem donkey and the dogwood tree are visible reminders, right here in Pike County, of the price Jesus paid for the sins of the world. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author Latest Stories This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip “According to the legend, in reward for the loyal and humble love of the donkey for Jesus, the Lord caused the shadow of the cross to fall across the back of the Jerusalem donkey,” Powell said. “Ever since, the Jerusalem donkey has carried a sign of the love of God for all to see.”The cross on the back of each Jerusalem donkey is different. No two are alike. Each donkey is defined by the cross they bear on their back.Another legend tells of a poor farmer near Jerusalem who had a donkey too small to do any work so he planned to kill the donkey.His children begged for the donkey’s life and asked their father to tie the donkey to a tree on the road to Jerusalem and, perhaps, someone would take it. 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first_imgGaming Fantasy Football: Hazard leads the Goal’s Team of the Week Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer 20:34 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Getty Images Gaming Premier League Eden Hazard Mohamed Salah Philippe Coutinho Paul Pogba Morata Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea Liverpool v Southampton AFC Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town Manchester United v Newcastle United Manchester United AFC Bournemouth Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur West Bromwich Albion Chelsea Liverpool Southampton Huddersfield Town Newcastle United Our Fantasy writer looks over the weekend of English football and highlights the best Fantasy performers from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and more The 12th match week of the Premier League season is now in the books and, as such, it’s time for another Goal Fantasy Team of the Week. The big clubs took care of business in this round of matches with five of the top six teams winning over the weekend. This was rightly reflected in Fantasy as those same clubs produced eight of the 11 best individual performances.Goal-Fantasy-Football-registertowinGK: Heurelho Gomes – Watford – 1 Game, 5 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 9 Points Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player DF: Shkodran Mustafi – Arsenal – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 PointsAfter missing the previous four matches, the German defender returned to big effect against rivals Tottenham. The goal he scored at the Emirates was his first of the season and only his third since joining Arsenal so it was a bit of a collector’s item. The clean sheet though, that’s interesting. Mustafi has now earned a clean sheet in his last five matches, and the Gunners have failed to pick one up without him this season.Marcos Alonso ChelseaDF: Marcos Alonso – Chelsea – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 PointsDF: Chris Smalling – Manchester United – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Goal Conceded = 8 PointsMF: Eden Hazard – Chelsea – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Assist = 17 PointsHazard had a massive day for both Chelsea and his Fantasy owners with his two goal and one assist outing on Saturday. This performance is the latest in a good run for the Belgian, having now notched three goals and two assists over the last five matches. The odds are good that Chelsea’s star man can continue his run next week against Liverpool’s inexperienced right back options (Alexander-Arnold, Gomez).MF: Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 PointsGFX LINE UP FANTASY TOTW MD12MF: Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsMF: Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsNot many people expected Pogba to get the start against Newcastle, but he did that and more. He picked up right where he left with his goal and assist and has only blanked once when fit this season. His return should help turn around a Manchester United attack that had failed to score multiple goals in five of the seven matches played without the Frenchman. His price fell to 7.1 whilst out injured making him an incredible value in the Goal game.MF: Will Hughes – Watford – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsCallum Wilson BournemouthFWD: Callum Wilson – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 3 Goals = 17 PointsWell this came out of nowhere! Coming into this match Bournemouth were in the bottom 10 in both chances created and goals scored and were facing a solid Huddersfield defence. Wilson, however, decided to buck those trends, coming up with an astounding three goals. Harry Kane is the only English player with more Premier League hat-tricks since Bournemouth were promoted.FWD: Alvaro Morata – Chelsea – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 10 Points goal-fantasy-football-banner Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more