King. On a Donkey’s Colt?

Palm Sunday was observed by most Christian believers about a week ago. It commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem; the triumphal entry seguing to the Passover meal, marked the beginning of the end of Jesus’ ministry here on earth.

I wonder if there were any roman soldiers that day who incredulously looked at Jesus riding on a donkey, if any of them derided the exultant Jews as they shouted praises on a supposed ‘king’ who chose to ride on a lowly animal.

I bet there were some Jews who had that question in their minds too. They probably just suppressed their disquiet under the prevailing excitement.

So why did Jesus ride on a donkey into Jerusalem? First off, his entry was a direct fulfillment of prophecy.

Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey– riding on a donkey’s colt.

Zechariah 9:9 (NLT)

The gospel of Matthew, more than the other synoptic gospels, was careful to show stage-by-stage how the life of Jesus fulfilled prophecies that had been given by Moses and The Prophets thousands of years earlier. It shows the continuity of God’s workings through the “Old” and “New” testaments. It also gives us an example on how to live a life aligned to what God has called us to be.

This prophecy is one most Jews would have been familiar with. The knowledge of this prophecy is perhaps what made the celebration of the triumphal entry more animated as the Jews were praying for a Messiah to deliver them from their roman oppressors. Even though the Jews were probably aware of this prophecy, the intent of God still flew right over their heads.

A donkey (as opposed to a horse which a proper king would have ridden) is not what an all-conquering monarch would have ridden. But, what they didn’t know is that this choice alluded to the nature of Christ’s kingdom – a spiritual one, not a political one. A kingdom of humility and righteousness. A kingdom of Love that overcomes all. A kingdom that sought to bring peace between God and men, and amongst men, too.

His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.

John 12:16 (NLT)

After Jesus had entered into His glory and the Holy Spirit poured out on the disciples, they came to understand the significance of that event – and many other events they may not have before. (So no hard feelings for that period of ignorance.)

But now that God’s Spirit is in us, and the mystery of Christ has been revealed, God does not expect that any of His moves in the lives of His children to go unheeded or that any aspect of His Will would continue to remain hidden from us. If this is still the case, it expected that you do something about it.

As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ.

Ephesians 3:3-4 (NLT)

Therefore, find a sound teacher in a Bible believing church. Study the Bible. Until you learn to discern exactly what God’s Will is for your life from the scriptures.

2 thoughts on “King. On a Donkey’s Colt?

  1. I have always wanted to study God’s word in more indepth and revealing way. This is a dream come through for me. Reading God’s word in a more exciting but yet revealing way. God bless you

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    1. Amen! 🙇

      Thank God for the opportunity to share.
      Thank you very much for reading!
      God bless you too.. 🤗

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