The donkey played an important role

By Jan Davis
Special to The PREVIEW

Zech. 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes unto you: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”

Mark 11:7, 9, 10 “They brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on the colt; and he sat upon it. And they went before, and they followed, crying, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that comes in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.”

Mary, carrying the Son of God, riding on a donkey made her way to Bethlehem, where she gave birth to Jesus. Surrounded by barn animals, she laid Him in a manger. As a new-born babe, His birth was celebrated by humble creatures in a stable and shepherds in their fields, while angels heralded the good news, “The savior of the world had been born in Bethlehem, Christ the Lord.”

Just as the donkey played an important role in the arrival of Jesus, it would also play a part in his final days on earth. The week leading up to his crucifixion, Christ was seen making his way to Jerusalem riding on the back of a donkey. As he approached the city, people laid palm branches along the way for him to ride upon and cried out, “Hosanna to the King.”

The angels announced his arrival into the world and the people declared His kingship as he prepared for his departure from this world to His eternal kingdom in heaven.

The Son of Man lived a humble life as he went throughout the Judaea countryside preaching the good news of God’s kingdom, healing the sick and saving the lost. After riding a young donkey into Jerusalem, Jesus was arrested, flogged and beaten before being stripped of his clothes and nailed to a cross like a common criminal. But, on the third day, He arose from the tomb, resurrected to sit at His Father’s right hand in heaven.

One day He will return again, not riding on a humble donkey, but clothed in righteousness, riding on a white stallion, leading a multitude of heavenly hosts. Not as a humble servant, but as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to establish His eternal kingdom on earth. Then every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess, “Jesus Christ is Lord.” Until then, I love you but Jesus loves you more.

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This story was posted on April 10, 2014.