Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Today you will most likely hear teachers of the Word talk about Jesus coming into Holy Week on a donkey. In all my years of farm living I’ve YET to hear a pastor explain to the people WHY this is so mind boggling. It usually goes something like this based on pretty words from research books about the significance of a donkey being poor and humble and meek…then they move on.
And every time I want to hit my head on a wall. Preach a sermon on the poor? Go spend years living with poor and your perspective on the scripture on the poor changes. The significance of a donkey? All the donkey owners are blown away with this verse…And Jesus spoke (Mk.11)
“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.”
My friends. Have you ever spent some time with an untrained donkey colt? Have you ever untied an untrained donkey colt that someone has tied to a tree (I promise you this—an untrained colt colt tied to a tree is what we call a ticked off donkey tied to a tree!)—and tried to take him just 2 feet after untying him? You KNOW what happens after you untie a colt from a tree don’t you? You donkey owners are DYING HERE. After he gets done bucking—you know what is forelegs are doing already right? Locked. Loaded. And ain’t going NO WHERE.
Up the game folks. Have you ever tried to get him to walk toward another person let alone a crowd? Ain’t happening. What about a crowd of cheering people? This is like insane friends. Let’s up the game a little more here—do you know what would happen if you took an untrained colt and just put a blanket on his back? DYING y’all.
Jesus said get a colt which has never been ridden and bring him to me.
Symbolism of poor? Humble? Meek? Missing it?
Y’all. If your pastor misses this part of the miracle—you have got to extend the invitation to come out to the Young Family Farm ASAP and let me give him a VERY simple instruction to go get that untrained colt in my back pasture and JUST bring him to me. I won’t ask him to bring him through a crowd. I won’t ask him to keep him calm through aisles of people waving palm branches or screaming. I certainly won’t risk your pastor’s life so I wouldn’t dare ask him to attempt riding on his back. Gracious no!
I’m 99% sure this has far less with being symbolic of poverty and I’m 💯certain the people here were amazed and as mind-blown as I am because during this time everyone knew this…riding an untrained, unridden colt in a loud space with branches coming toward him was IMPOSSIBLE. If Jesus was trying to show them just poor and humble he would have simply walked himself through the crowd. But He wanted to show them IMPOSSIBLE. Have you ever waved a plastic bag around a donkey colt because that’s pretty close to the sound palm branches make? Try doing that at the next donkey farm you visit and the owner might pop you over the head for trying to spook his colts.
Oh but gracious. The King of Kings was a miracle maker.
“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.”
And just like that the colt came.
“When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
He got on him and rode him. Miraculous. Calmly. A donkey—especially a colt—is anything but MEEK. Gracious no. But to the King. The donkey was meek. An UNBROKEN donkey is never in a million years meek. But something about meeting the Savior instantly broke him—in a way those of us who know Him can’t explain it either. And that colt took him closer to the cross.
As you enter into Palm Sunday and the Holy Week ask Him to take you closer to the cross. If He can take a colt—nothing is too much, too hard, too far gone, too impossible for Him. My gracious He loves you. This impossible ride was for YOU. May you know this King who makes the impossible possible. He can walk with you toward ANYTHING and conquer it FOR YOU. Don’t miss the miracle. He wants to do them over and over in your life. Trusting Him with you.