Can you bring me a donkey?
“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Luke 19:38 ESV
Have you ever felt uncomfortable? I have, lots of times and for various reasons, perhaps too many to mention. Imagine for a moment that you are a disciple, a Pharisee or one of the crowd who is following Jesus as he enters Jerusalem with his death imminent. Jesus then makes a strange request to his disciples about getting a colt for him. Amongst the praising throng can be heard the moans of the Pharisees admonishing Jesus to rebuke the people. In response to the Pharisees’ complaint Jesus makes an unusual statement regarding stones crying out to praise him, if people choose not to. And in a moment of prophetic lament he breaks down emotionally and cries out for Jerusalem and its inhabitants, knowing what will befall them.
Jesus’ explanation to his disciples about the reason for the presence of a colt in this story was simply, ‘The Lord has need for it.’ (Luke 19:31). It seems they didn’t question his orders, doing what was requested of them. This unquestioning response to do as Jesus asked was because they had developed trust in him and his ministry in their three years together. Sometimes as Christians we may feel uncomfortable about decisions or requests that cause us angst and we may not fully understand. On occasion it is good to sit with these feelings, waiting for insight or a resolution.
During Holy Week a challenge we can re-enact is to do as the disciples did, which is to ‘fetch the colt’. Is there something the Lord is asking us to do that may make us feel uncomfortable? What have we been avoiding or putting off? We need faith to follow Christ and trust him just as the disciples did. And as we grow and obey him wholeheartedly, let us all unashamedly shout out our praises to the King who died and now lives for us. May the compassion that fills our hearts overflow in acts of generosity as our lives represent the outstretched arms of the Saviour. Any reward or validation for our acts should lay in what we do for others, especially when they are in need or distressed and are asking for understanding and empathy.
Jesus gave up the comfort of heaven and helped us to understand and obey him. Let his compassion overflow in us towards those who are hurting, lost and confused. And may we faithfully ‘fetch the colt’ and travel the road to which we are called. And may we be part of the triumphant procession with Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14).
Thank you, Lord God, for sending Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. Bless us and give us the victory we desire as we live out our calling, so we can bring glory to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study by David Gibbs
About the writer:
David Gibbs is a Minister in the Birmingham congregation of Grace Communion International, and serves on the Pastoral Council.
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