Written by Kevin Little, performed by the St. Luke’s United Church Sunday School and Youth Group
(A red tickle trunk appears front and centre in the church. Standing behind the trunk, a step above to be visible to all in the church, is a man or woman wearing plain clothes; pants, shirt, etc…)
Narrator: We have before us a choice. In life there are always choices, no matter our age, where we live, or what we do each day. Just as in Jesus’ day we face easy choices and hard choices. One choice we make each day is whom we will serve. If you look at the money we use the picture we see is the Queen, or a former Prime Minister. (Hold up money with these images.) But we are here today because we worship an awesome God who gives us life and life in abundance.
The Bible describes two types of Monarchs, one kind rides on a white horse, wears a silk robe and gold crown, lives in the palace and carries a scepter. That’s what the people in Jesus’ day were expecting when he came to town. Listen to the story.
Narrator: (Matthew’s Gospel) When they neared Jerusalem, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You’ll find a donkey there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. (Children or Youth takes a stuffed donkey out of the trunk and give it to the person standing at the front.)
They led out the donkey and her baby. They laid some of their clothes on the donkey, to be like a saddle. Then Jesus rode the donkey.” Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. (Again, children and youth take clothes out of the trunk and lay them before the person at the front.) Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. (The Children and Youth take their palm branches and throw them on the person’s feet.) Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, “Hosanna to David’s son!” “Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!” “Hosanna in highest heaven!” (The Children and Youth all shout out these expressions of praise.)
As he made his entrance into Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken. Unnerved, people were asking, “What’s going on here? Who is this?” The parade crowd answered, “This is the prophet Jesus, the one from Nazareth.”
A gang seized Jesus and led him away. All the disciples cut and ran. (The Youth grab the person at the front and drag him a few steps away. Meanwhile, Children dressed as disciples scatter and run for hiding.)
The leaders tied Jesus up and paraded him to Pilate, the governor. (A Youth arrives dressed as Pilate.) Jesus was placed before the governor, who questioned him: “Are you the ‘King of the Jews’?” Jesus said, “If you say so.” Pilate hurt Jesus, and then handed him over to die. They stripped him and dressed him in a red toga. (Children and Youth take away some the shirts the person is wearing and replace it with a red toga from the trunk.) They made a crown from branches of a thornbush and set it on his head. (Again, Children or Youth put the crown of thorns on the person’s head.) They put a stick in his right hand for a scepter. (From the trunk comes a simple stick, used as a scepter.) Then they knelt before him in mocking reverence: “Bravo, King of the Jews!” they said. “Bravo!” (Children and Youth act out this in mock reverence.)
After this the leaders nailed him to the cross they waited for him to die. (At this point large Youth or some Adults carry the large wooden Cross up the steps from the floor to where the choir sit. The Cross stands behind the person. Pause for effect.) Above his head they had posted the criminal charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews. (A large sign on poster board is carried out and the Youth hold it up, it reads KING.)
So the question my friends is this, what kind of a King do you serve, one who is mighty, rich, and above it all, or one who lives with us, suffers with us, and cares only to serve the One who gives life and life in abundance?