Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Deity on a Donkey

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph Daughter Jerusalem! See, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey (Zechariah 9:9). Jesus fulfilled this prophesy when He entered Jerusalem the week we remember as Holy Week, an event recorded in all four gospels (Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19 and Joh 12).

Triumphal Entry
Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. His followers spread their robes and palm branches along His path and they praised Him saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven." The Pharisees told Him, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples," to which He replied, "I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out," prophesied in Habakkuk 2:11.

Tearful Entry
As Jesus entered Jerusalem, He wept. "If you knew this day what would bring peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days will come on you when your enemies will build an embankment against you, surround you, and hem you in on every side. They will crush you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave one stone on another in you, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation" (Luke 19:41-44).

Tragic Entry
Jesus was at His friends' house in Bethany. Mary took a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume, and poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped them with her hair. The fragrance filled the room and one of the disciples, Judas Iscariot, objected. He thought the perfume should have been sold and the money given to the poor. He didn't say that because he cared about the poor, but because he was the treasurer of the twelve and a thief. He often helped himself to the money bag. Jesus said, "Leave her alone. It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial" (John 12:7). How did Mary know about Jesus coming suffering and death? Maybe because she was at His feet, listening to Him (more than once).

Jesus fulfilled the purpose of our salvation during the climax of the first Holy Week. He will come again, but it won't be on a donkey. He will ride a white horse (Revelation 19:11). Will you be ready? Believe in the Lord Jesus and accept His merciful act on the cross for yourself. He did it for you because He loves you and wants you to live in love and peace and joy. He wants you to be with Him for eternity. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. We will know Him as our Savior or as our Judge. The choice is ours. I hope you accept Jesus' love and choose to live for Him.

Lord Jesus, thank you for the mercy and compassion you have shown. Be with the reader of this blog. Draw him/her close to you that he/she will experience your love. Amen.

1 comment:

Janice said...

Thank you for this perfect Easter reflection.

Blessings, Janice