Sproul has written a number of children's book that illustrate such theological and biblical concepts as God's holiness, the imputation of Jesus' righteousness to His people, and God's wrath against sin. In The Donkey Who Carried a King, he brings to life the amazing truth that Jesus, the Son of God, humbled Himself as a servant, gladly doing His Father's will, saving us from our sins, and leaving us a powerful example as to how we should live.
When a little boy named Riley gets upset because his playmates pick him last for their games. When Grandpa hears about the problem, he asks, Riley, have you ever heard about the donkey who carried a kingDavey was a young donkey who was bored and unhappy because he was never given anything to do. Then one day, some strangers came to the gate--and Davey's master picked him for a very special task. Davey carried the King, Jesus, into Jerusalem. Afterward, Davey felt proud of himself and believed he should do only special jobs. But Davey's master put him to work doing ordinary things. That made Davey grumpy.
A few days later, Davey saw something terrible--some angry people were making the King carry a heavy beam of wood. Davey could not understand it, but another donkey, old Barnabas, helped him see that the King was being a Servant of His people. After that, Davey made up his mind to do every task without grumbling.
Through his story, Grandpa helps Riley see that we should gratefully carry out every task we are given, understanding that we ultimately serve God, not men. Our example is Jesus, who was willing to leave the glories of heaven to suffer and die in this world on our behalf. He gladly made Himself a Servant on our behalf, so we should serve Him with all our hearts.
The Donkey Who Carried a King is a delightful tale that offers a unique perspective on the events of Jesus' Passion Week and calls all believers, both young and old, to follow in the footsteps of the Suffering Servant for the glory of God.