“Your King is coming to you.
He’s gentle, riding on a donkey, on a colt,
a young pack animal.”
Picture this: Jesus is preparing to make a very public entrance into Jerusalem. His fame has been mounting . . . crowds have been growing . . . everyone was talking about Him, both fans and foes. It seemed He was at the height of public attention and popularity. Jerusalem was buzzing with the stories of this Prophet’s miracles and words.
His chosen transportation for this grand entrance? A donkey. A young, unbroken donkey. Everyone knew that trying to ride a young, unbroken donkey was downright dangerous. Impossible!
But Jesus was used to pulling the most unlikely into His work. That donkey hadn’t been trained, or officially licensed, or most likely even considered for providing transportation for any person … much less a Prophet being lauded as a King! The Messiah, no less!
Yet, at Jesus’ bidding, that’s what took place. That young, unbroken donkey carried the King of Kings through the crowds of people waving palm branches, shouting “Hosanna!!”, all the way down the mountain slope and up to Jerusalem, where the Temple glistened in the sunshine.
Imagine, for a moment, that unbroken, young donkey’s experience. It’s natural instinct would have been to go crazy and do whatever it could to escape the whole situation. . . including making it impossible for the rider to hang on.
Has Jesus pulled you into service for Him in ways that seem to go against everything in you?
Have you experienced being “broken” in order for Him to use you for His Purposes? Have you found yourself wading into groups of people who you find terrifying to be with? You’re not “trained” for? Hadn’t ever considered serving in the ways you’ve been commissioned to serve?
You feel totally out of your element? You’re unqualified. You always thought you’d spend your life doing basic, fairly familiar tasks. . . nothing even close to being in the spotlight with the King of all Kings.
Jesus left a trail of unqualified, uncertified, unexpected, and most unlikely humans in His time on earth. And He continues to use people who have simply accepted His invitation to follow Him. His closest circle while on earth included men and women, people who had been simply going about their rather ordinary lives. But at His Invitation … His Choice, He pulls us near to Himself.
In that closeness to Him, we become broken, and useful for His Purposes.