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A DONKEY GETS ANIMAL JACKED

A DONKEY GETS ANIMAL JACKED

AS JESUS MAKES PLANS FOR HIS FINAL DAYS ON EARTH

What plans would you be making, if you knew that within a few days you would no longer be living a physical life on this earth?  Now let us look carefully at a MASTER PLANNER as he carefully plans the last few hours of his life.  He leaves no stone unturned, every detail is carefully thought out, something that we all should take notice of when making any plans for our own lives.

This is how the story goes: “When they were getting near to Jerusalem, to Bethpage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, He sent ahead two of His disciples, and instructed them, “Go into the village in front of you, and as soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied, which has never been ridden by anyone; unfasten it and

DONKEY TIRED UP 01

DONKEY TIRED UP 01

bring it [here].”

What an amazing bold move this master planner makes.  I say bold move because he tailored made the specification that this should be a colt that has never been ridden, and he instructed his team to just walk in untie the animal and just take it.  Can you imagine a stranger coming into your city today, while you are at the mall shopping unlocking your car door, jumping in and preparing to drive off?  This scene would amount to carjacking and you would be calling 911 and then doing everything within your powers to prevent your car from being taken.

Now listen to how this master planner instructs his team to deal with the situation once they are confronted with the actions they are about to take, he says to them, “If anyone asks you, Why are you doing this? Answer, the Lord needs it, and He will send it back here presently.”  Could you be this bold and instruct your friends to go to that mall and highjack a car for you?  I do not think so, but in this case, this master planner was well known.  Everyone coming to Jerusalem for the Passover feast had heard of him, and He knew that Donkeys and their colts were very valuable animals, and if they did not handle the situation just right, they could be accused and prosecuted for animal jacking.

So they went away and found a colt tied at the door out in the [winding] open street, and they loosed it. And some who were standing there said to them, what are you doing, untying the colt?  And they replied as Jesus had directed them, and they allowed them to go.  And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their outer garments upon it, and He sat on it.  And many [of the people] spread their garments on the road, and others [scattered a layer of] leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed cried out with a cry of happiness, Hosanna! [Be graciously inclined and propitious to Him!] Praised and blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord! Praised and blessed in the name of the Lord is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna (O save us) in the highest [heaven]!

Christ’s coming into Jerusalem thus remarkably, shows that he was not afraid of the power and malice of his enemies. In fact, the enthusiasm of the people when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey alarmed the religious leaders.  This would encourage his disciples who were full of fear. In addition, that he was not disquieted at the thoughts of his approaching sufferings. Nevertheless, all marked his humiliation; and these matters teach us not to mind high things, but to condescend to those of low estate.  Pause for a moment an watch this very short video clip of Jesus triumphantly entrance into Jerusalem and then continue reading on the other side.

Because Jesus knew all things and lived, his life according to what scripture had spoken of, and the people knew that Jesus was fulfilling prophecy.  The Prophet Zechariah had spoken of such a moment taking place.  This is what he had said, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is [uncompromisingly] just and having salvation [triumphant and victorious], patient, meek, lowly, and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.  (Zechariah 9:9)

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PALM SUNDAY SCRIPTURE

Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PALM SUNDAY SCRIPTURE

Entering Jerusalem on a Colt (MARK 11-1-11 MSG)

When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘The Master needs him, and will return him right away.'”

They went and found a colt tied to a door at the street corner and untied it. Some of those standing there said, “What are you doing untying that colt?” The disciples replied exactly as Jesus had instructed them, and the people let them alone. They brought the colt to Jesus, spread their coats on it, and he mounted.

The people gave him a wonderful welcome, some throwing their coats on the street, others spreading out rushes they had cut in the fields. Running ahead and following after, they were calling out,

Hosanna!
Blessed is he who comes in God‘s name!
Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David!
Hosanna in highest heaven!

He entered Jerusalem, then entered the Temple. He looked around, taking it all in. But by now it was late, so he went back to Bethany with the Twelve.

TWO OF JESUS DICIPLES HIJACKS A DONKEY

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A DONKEY IS HIJACKED, AND JESUS RIDES IT INTO THE CITY (Mark 11:1-10 AMP)

What plans would you be making, if you knew that within a few days you would no longer be living a physical life on this earth?  Now let us look carefully at a master planner as he carefully plans the last few hours of his life.  He leaves no stone unturned, every detail is carefully thought out, something that we all should take notice of when making any plans for our own lives.

This is how the story goes:1WHEN THEY were getting near to Jerusalem, to Bethpage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, He sent ahead two of His disciples  2And instructed them, “Go into the village in front of you, and as soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied, which has never been ridden by anyone; unfasten it and bring it [here].”

What an amazing bold move this master planner makes.  I say bold move because he tailored made the specification that this should be a colt that has never been ridden, and he instructed his team to just walk in untie the animal and just take it.  Can you imagine a stranger coming into your city today, while you are at the mall shopping unlocking your car door, jumping in and preparing to drive off?  This scene would amount to carjacking and you would be calling 911 and then doing everything within your powers to prevent your car from being taken. 

Now listen to how this master planner instructs his team to deal with the situation once they are confronted with the actions they are about to take, he says to them, “3If anyone asks you, Why are you doing this? answer, The Lord needs it, and He will send it back here presently.”  Could you be this bold and instruct your friends to go to that mall and highjack a car for you?  I do not think so, but in this case, this master planner was well known.  Everyone coming to Jerusalem for the Passover feast had heard of him, and He knew that Donkeys and their colts were very valuable animals, and if they did not handle the situation just right, they could be accused and prosecuted for animal jacking.

4So they went away and found a colt tied at the door out in the [winding] open street, and they loosed it.  5And some who were standing there said to them, what are you doing, untying the colt?  6And they replied as Jesus had directed them, and they allowed them to go.  7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their outer garments upon it, and He sat on it.  8And many [of the people] spread their garments on the road, and others [scattered a layer of] leafy branches which they had cut from the fields.  9And those who went before and those who followed cried out [[a]with a cry of happiness], Hosanna! [Be graciously inclined and propitious to Him!] Praised and blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!(A)  10Praised and blessed in the name of the Lord is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna (O save us) in the highest [heaven]!

Christ‘s coming into Jerusalem thus remarkably, shows that he was not afraid of the power and malice of his enemies. In fact, the enthusiasm of the people when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey alarmed the religious leaders.  This would encourage his disciples who were full of fear. In addition, that he was not disquieted at the thoughts of his approaching sufferings. Nevertheless, all marked his humiliation; and these matters teach us not to mind high things, but to condescend to those of low estate.

Because Jesus knew all things and lived, his life according to what scripture had spoken of, and the people knew that Jesus was fulfilling prophecy.  The Prophet Zechariah had spoken of such a moment taking place.  This is what he had said, “9Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is [uncompromisingly] just and having salvation [triumphant and victorious], patient, meek, lowly, and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.(A)   (Zechariah 9:9)

A GRAIN OF WHEAT DIES AND PRODUCES A RICH HARVEST

A GRAIN OF WHEAT DIES AND PRODUCES A RICH HARVEST

Jesus leaves us with a very profound message on just how one grain of wheat can produce a bountiful harvest.  Listen to what He says, 24I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest.” (John 12:24 AMP) 

This picture that Jesus paints for us illustrates not only Jesus artistic abilities, but He illustrates it in such a manner that it leaves no doubt as to the meaning of His words and the impact that they could have on the whole human race if only we would take the time to conceptualize them.

Now meditate on this for a moment, when a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, it actually dies before becoming a mature blade producing many new kernels.  In the same way, Jesus, by his death, produced more fruit than could have been gained had he become the king of Israel on an earthly throne.  Indeed, by being lifted up on the cross, Jesus would draw all people to himself.  In this picture of the dying grain, Jesus spoke directly about his own life.  He does not necessarily require us to literally give up our lives in sacrificial death as the only way to be fruitful.  God does call some believers to die for him.  However, he calls many more to stay alive for fruitful service.

Now let us turn to (Romans 12:1-2) and see what is meant by His call for many more to stay alive for fruitful service.   1I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

    2Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

Jesus makes a direct appeal to us, He even begs us in view of God’s mercies for us to give up the old way of life, and delicate our entire body as a living sacrifice, well pleasing to God, which is only our reasonable service.  He furthers employs us to be transformed, that is, changed by the renewing of our minds.  Spiritual transformation starts in the mind and heart.  A mind dedicated to the world and its concerns will produce a life tossed back and forth by the currents of culture.  But a mind dedicated to God’s truth will produce a life that can stand the test of time.  We can resist the temptations of our culture by meditating on God’s truth and letting the Holy Spirit guide and shape our thoughts and behaviors.

Now let me tell you this one truth, if anyone wishes to become a true follower of Jesus, you must get your priorities in order and this verse makes it perfectly clear why this must be.  Listen up,  25Anyone who loves his life loses it, but anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. [Whoever has no love for, no concern for, no regard for his life here on earth, but despises it, preserves his life forever and ever.]

If you choose to love your life more than your Master’s, you will lose the very life that you seek to maintain.  True disciples must be willing to suffer and experience rejection, even unto death if need be.  To serve and follow Jesus means making radical lifestyle changes.  To follow Jesus means going the way he went, not the way of earthly power and honor, but the way of humility and death.  Everything Jesus did was for God’s glory.  When we choose to follow him, we must live for God’s glory alone.  This does not mean we have no fun, no joy, no security.  Rather, it simply means we live to honor God and then the Father will honor us.

We must live to honor God, but in order to do so the old must die off in order for new fruit to reproduce it’s self.  You see, when a seed dies, it produces fruit.  Life comes by death.  This principle is true not only in nature, but it is also true spiritually.  Jesus was speaking first, and foremost of Himself.  He is the grain of wheat.  His death would produce much fruit and would result in many living for God.  When you live for God, you honor God.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

JESUS RIDES AN UN-RIDDEN DONKEY INTO THE CITY     (Mark 11:1-10 AMP)

1WHEN THEY were getting near to Jerusalem, to Bethpage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, He sent ahead two of His disciples

2And instructed them, Go into the village in front of you, and as soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied, which has never been ridden by anyone; unfasten it and bring it [here].

3If anyone asks you, Why are you doing this? answer, The Lord needs it, and He will send it back here presently.

4So they went away and found a colt tied at the door out in the [winding] open street, and they loosed it.

5And some who were standing there said to them, What are you doing, untying the colt?

6And they replied as Jesus had directed them, and they allowed them to go.

7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their outer garments upon it, and He sat on it.

8And many [of the people] spread their garments on the road, and others [scattered a layer of] leafy branches which they had cut from the fields.

9And those who went before and those who followed cried out [[a]with a cry of happiness], Hosanna! [Be graciously inclined and propitious to Him!] Praised and blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!(A)

10Praised and blessed in the name of the Lord is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna (O save us) in the highest [heaven]!

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