It wasn’t spontaneous or a matter of circumstances. It was intentional and purposeful. Yes, Jesus chose to ride into Jerusalem on a donkey. Some 500 years earlier through the prophet Zechariah, God painted this picture of the promised Savior and His work: "Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey." (Zechariah 9:9) Think of what this says about God’s faithfulness. With incredible planning, patience, precision, and power, He keeps His promises. But how often are we suspect of His attentiveness and care, especially when things go wrong or don’t seem to go our way? Let us repent and put our trust in Jesus, who rode that donkey on purpose to fulfill what was promised and to say personally to you, 'Zechariah was writing about me; here I am, your king, righteous and having salvation.' Deliberately and precisely, our King did what He needed to do to save us from sin and its eternal consequences, and to save us for life with Him in His eternal kingdom. What greater care and attentiveness could He show us?
Did those who spread palm branches as Jesus entered Jerusalem fully understand the purpose of Jesus’ ride on a donkey? The cries for His crucifixion just a few days later suggest that many did not. But I pray you do. The Righteous King who brings you salvation is worthy of your praise! For wherever His Gospel is shared, wherever the waters of Baptism are poured out, wherever His Holy Supper is received, SEE, YOUR KING OF SALVATION COMES TO YOU!
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.