“And He [Jesus] said to them [the disciples], ‘Go into the village in front of you and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ Say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.'”
-Mark 11:2-3 (emphasis mine)
The disciples, doing some topnotch donkey shopping for the King of the universe, went and got the colt and then, in verse seven, we see Jesus “sat on it.”
How quickly we read over this passage.
Maybe we rush through it, this fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9, in order to get to the triumphal entry and the palm branches and the “Hosanna” part.
But do you see the magnitude of these verses?
Do you see it?
Do you see the stunning truth? The remarkable reality hidden from first glance?
Soul, see it and be amazed.
Marvel at the authority of the Creator.
Let me be upfront with you: I don’t know much about horses or donkeys (or any livestock really) but I know you don’t just grab a colt and expect to sit on it the first time without encountering some, uh, problems.
If Hollywood horse movies and my early years of horseback riding lessons have taught me anything, it’s that those babies have wills and they must be broken. You can’t ride a horse (or, in this case, a donkey) without its stubborn will subdued.
Are you starting to see a tiny bit more of the gravity of Jesus’ holy trot through Jerusalem? (Can I say Jesus took a “holy trot”?)
He defied the norm, shattered the standard and humbly and powerfully displayed His authority… just like the wind and the waves, even animals obey Him.
This is the One True God who has all authority and who breaks the most stubborn will, not of soul-less animals but of hard-hearted humans who hate him.
It is for those, for me, He died.
One day all will bow to the Lordship of Christ; I pray they willingly exalt and follow His sovereign goodness and unmatched glory now rather than on the last day.
And may my heart, which has tasted and seen that He is good, eagerly bow to Him today; trusting in His character, relying on His presence, feeding on His faithfulness and resting in His grace.