This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said, “Tell the people of Jerusalem, ‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt.’” Matthew 21:4-5 (NLT)
The hot Jerusalem sun beat down on the little donkey’s back as he pawed the ground nervously. All his life, he had been tied by this stable, nothing special, nothing to look at, and not even ridden. But today he could sense some excitement in the air. There was something wonderful about to happen in Jerusalem. Oh how he longed to be a part of it. He lifted his nose to smell the air. Yes, there it was. The smell of excitement, the fragrance of anticipation.
The little donkey nuzzled his mother standing next to him. She, too, had sensed the excitement and knew, somehow, that this was a very special day. She gave her son a loving nip and cleaned his face with her tongue. He needed to look his best today.
Across the square they saw two men approaching. Their ears went up and flickered back and forth. What were they two men saying? What were they talking to the owners about? What was happening?
Jesus and his followers were coming closer to Jerusalem. They came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives. There Jesus sent two of his followers to do something. He said to them, “Go to the town you can see there. When you enter it, you will find a young donkey that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here to me. If anyone asks you why you are taking the donkey, tell them, ‘The Master needs it. He will send it back soon.’” The followers went into the town. They found a young donkey tied in the street near the door of a house, and they untied it. Some people were standing there and saw this. They asked, “What are you doing? Why are you untying that donkey?” The followers answered the way Jesus told them, and the people let them take the donkey. Mark 11:1-6 (ERV)
Soon the two men were untying the donkey and his mother, speaking gently to them, leading them away from the stable that they had known all their lives. As they approached the outskirts of town they could see a large group of men, sitting at the feet of someone dressed in white. The little donkey looked up at this man and he knew that this was someone special. He could see the kindness and love in his eyes. He saw how the others looked at him and how they cherished his every word. Yes, this man was really someone special.
As the little donkey approached the man, he reached out with a gentle hand to scratch his muzzle and pat his back. The little donkey felt no fear, only love for the man with the gentle hands. The men threw their cloaks on the little donkey and his mother and the man in white climbed onto the little donkey’s back. At once he straightened his legs and threw back his head, laying his ears back. The little donkey knew that he was a part of something very, very special.
The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the King of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written, “Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” John 12:12-15
As they began to move forward, the little donkey saw the crowds lining the road. Some were waving cloaks and palm branches. Others laid these items in the road for the little donkey and the special man to walk on. As they walked along the road, many were shouting praises. “This man must be a king,” the little donkey thought to himself. “What would a king want with him? What kind of king doesn’t have his own donkey?” But as they continued on into Jerusalem, the little donkey knew that this was no ordinary king. He knew that this was a king sent from Heaven by God’s own hand. The little donkey was humbled that he had been chosen to carry God’s own son. For the rest of his life, the little donkey would cherish this moment, the time that he had carried the King of Kings on his very own back.
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)
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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