The Legend of the Donkey’s Cross

The Legend of the Donkey’s Cross – How the donkey that carried Jesus now bares a cross on its back. #Donkey #DoneysCross

The Legend of the Donkey’s Cross

You hear about this more around Easter, but often you also hear about it during Christmas too.

The Legend of the Donkey's Cross - How the donkey that carried Jesus now bares a cross on its back. #Donkey #DoneysCross (Photo by Leroy Huckett on Pexels.com)
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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, so 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. But the farmer said, “It’s wrong to sell an animal that can’t 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.” And 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 warned 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. So 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 back of the donkey, and there it stayed. All donkeys have borne the sign of the cross on their backs since that very day.

Excerpted from Sue Weaver, The Donkey Companion (Storey Publishing, 2008).

Learn about the Talking Donkey in the Bible!

First published December 12, 2020. Last updated or republished March 29, 2021.

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1 thought on “The Legend of the Donkey’s Cross

  1. Thank you, this made me think of the time when the Temple was laid out, with all four gates, and if one could see this from the sky, they would have seen the cross of Christ then
    Amazing

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