Donkey Jesus Rode

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A perspective on the Triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.


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The donkey Jesus rode! The Triumphant entry of Jesus – a perspective Scripture Ref: Mark 11:1-7 By Anand Peter


Preamble The incident – just a few days before the passion events leading to Jesus’ death on the Cross His entry is “triumphal,” but not in a military sense People's expectation was the arrival of a great warrior on a armoured stallion to liberate the Jews from the rule of Romans But Jesus entered sitting on a lowly donkey. The uniqueness of His entry however drew attention of the crowed The humility of the rider and what he rode on must have stunned His enemies into inaction

Preamble Continued:

Preamble Continued Even His disciples failed to recognize Him as the Messiah They had found His proclamations strange and at times disappointing Some scholars believe that Judas betrayed Jesus to provoke Jesus to call in His heavenly army and drive away the Romans! But on that Palm Sunday people welcomed Him with shouts of “hosanna”; only to shout “Crucify Him, Crucify Him ” just three days later!!

His mission:

His mission Jesus came to offer a far different kind of salvation than the one the Jews thought they needed His salvation would provide deliverance from sin, and death, and hell Triumphal Entry of Jesus shows us that the scope of God's plans are so much more than just what we can see or comprehend That being so, let us move on with the topic on hand – ‘The donkey Jesus rode on’

Scripture reference – Mark 11:1-3 & 7:

Scripture reference – Mark 11:1-3 & 7 V1 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, V2 saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden . Untie it and bring it here . V3 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you doing this?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.‘ V7 When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.

His ‘teaching aids’ are unique!:

His ‘teaching aids’ are unique! Three years was all He had to accomplish His mission on earth. Every single word He uttered meant volumes; no action of His was in vain. So His unusual request must have meanings not otherwise obvious: The reason had to do with His character and the character of His Kingdom – humble, loving, & serving Jesus was proclaiming the Kingdom of God, not the kingdom of man- no pomp and show was needed And by the very nature of what He rode, He conveyed that the Kingdom He came to establish wasn't one of power and might, but one of humility and meekness

'The Lord needs it..’ - Verse 3 :

'The Lord needs it..’ - Verse 3 The Lord needed that donkey to fulfil His mission here on earth. Isn’t that amazing? He is still using little donkeys to get His work done on earth; He uses the likes of you and me He could have assigned the task to angels, but He chooses to work through human instruments I am glad to be a part of the Lord’s business. I am glad He can use a little donkey like me! Are you prepared to be one for the Lord?

‘you will find a colt tied’ - Verse 2 :

‘you will find a colt tied’ - Verse 2 That Donkey Had To Be Released It was bound and had to be set free before the Lord could use it Before you and I can be of any use to Him, the chains of our sins needs to be broken and we need to set ourselves free from the clutches of the evil one So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed ( Rom. 6:14; John 8:36 )

‘Untie it and bring it here’ - Verse 2 :

‘Untie it and bring it here’ - Verse 2 That Donkey Had To Be Redeemed That little donkey was alive and useful to the Lord because it had been redeemed We have been redeemed by His precious blood. That is the only reason you and I have any usefulness to Jesus today Praise God for the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus!

Yield completely to the Lord:

Yield completely to the Lord Verse 2 tells us that the donkey had never been broken to ride Yet, it submitted itself to Jesus and yielded to His control That donkey wasn’t frightened by the crowds or by the great noise they made That is what Jesus expects of us! He is looking for total submission, total surrender, and total faith The turbulences that come our way in life should not sway us from our focus on the Cross!

Romans 12:1-2 Testifies to our understanding :

Romans 12:1-2 Testifies to our understanding V1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your spiritual act of worship. V2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-- his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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Good Lord could save sinners and accomplish His work on earth just fine without us Yet, He chooses to use frail, human instruments for His glory When we are like that donkey, Released , Redeemed , and Ruled , He can use us too. Are you ready? Conclusion

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