As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
5 “Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” Matthew 21:1-5
The two disciples probably went on the mission to get the donkey and had no idea of its significance. They probably chocked it up to being an odd and out-of-the-blue request.
Even when this Old Testament Scripture was written, it was an unusual passage because it was not what the Jews depicted the Messiah coming to town riding. Any other religion in the world would have had him come blazing into Jerusalem on a horse with his sword flourishing about.
But we’re talking about the gentle Lamb of God riding on a young donkey. There’s nothing majestic or triumphant about that, that is, until you understand that He came as a meek servant.
He wouldn’t have it any other way.
As you consider these words today, consider our approach to victorious living.
Is it humble and sacrificial?
Does it put others first?
Does it love the unlovely?
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8