A Donkey and a King

Palm Sunday is the day Christians celebrate the Triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem before His crucifixion and resurrection. Today people celebrate with palm branches as part of worship, and it is the one Sunday a year we use the word “Hosanna”.

 

The hero of this story is Christ, of course. But, there is another character that plays an important role in this drama. That is the donkey. At the instruction of Jesus, two disciples are told to find a young donkey, a foal that has never been ridden. Finding one tied up to his momma, the master’s disciples say they have need of him. They loose him and take him to the Lord. Christ is then seated upon him, and rides him into Jerusalem. Such a parade had never been seen by mankind before this. (I think the parade of captives being led to heaven after Jesus’ crucifixion has to be the greatest).

 

I wonder if the little donkey thought, “the Master needs me? I don’t know what I am to do. I have never been ridden before. I am going to mess this up bad. If He only knew what kind of donkey I was, the Master would never want me to carry Him. I am totally unqualified”.

 

But, what if that was exactly what qualified him for this journey, his inexperience? You see, in Donkeythose days horses were reserved for those with money and power. Kings rode horses. Generals rode horses. Throughout Israel’s history, it was the judges who rode on donkeys. In the Book of Judges, we see several examples of Judges riding donkeys, never horses. So as Jesus is riding into Jerusalem, and the crowd is proclaiming Him King, He is also introducing Himself, as our Judge, riding a lowly, never ridden before, donkey. What a beautiful picture of the judge of the universe, not looming over us in a posture of destruction, but unimposing, humbly riding a donkey.

 

Many people make God out to be a mean, impossible judge, waiting to clobber us over the head when we mess up. But, Jesus is not that at all. Yes, He is King, and when He comes to you, things must bow. And, He is our judge, but He approaches us in a manner that we can receive His judgment and change. What a wonderful God. He is so gracious. Don’t reject His judgment, because He offers it to you in the humblest of ways. For more, click on http://www.newcovenantchurch.com/resources/media/sermons/divine-demonstrations.html

 

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