Matthew 21:5 No Pride

“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and a colt, the foal of a donkey.'” Matthew 21:5

Most leaders or people of high position and authority like to look good when out in public. It is common to see leaders of nations, as they travel to a different country, to travel with a lot of pomp and circumstance.

The red carpet is rolled out for them as they come in with lots of ceremony and dressed in their finest. They will often travel in very nice vehicles, looking great, with a big show.

As Jesus was coming into Jerusalem, He was riding a donkey, in fact, a baby donkey. This was to fulfill a prophecy by Zechariah.

Jesus, being God Himself, who created the world and all that is in it, was a great and mighty king. He had the right and authority to ride in to town with the best ceremony. Yet, He came in on a untrained baby donkey. There was no pride in His arrival. Jesus was being very humble, despite His being the greatest king.

Just as the world often shows great pride in their arriving, many believers often show pride. They want to show off their abilities or talents and accomplishments. They want people to know that they have arrived and are important.

Acting like this is very different than Jesus. Every believer is to be like Jesus–humble, not full of pride. Pride is all about self, whereas humility is about others. While Jesus deserved and accepted worship, He did not demand or grab for it, He was humble.

When believers are humble and are building others up, it allows God to lift them up in due time. It will also break down walls, allowing for the testimony of Jesus to be made known.

Take a moment to examine your life. Ask God to reveal to you any actions or words in your life that are full of self and pride, rather than filled with God and love for others.

Do not allow yourself to be filled with self-pride, causing damage to your witness of who Jesus is. Strive to lift up Jesus and build others up, rather than step on them.

As you rid yourself of pride, your witness for Jesus will grow with more credibility. Be willing to ride the untrained, baby donkey.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the humility that Jesus displayed; that you will build others up as Jesus did; and that your life will be a witness to this world as to who Jesus is.

John 12:14-15 Riding on a Colt

“Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” John 12:14-15

Jesus was arriving into Jerusalem for the last time. There was a lot of excitement. The people were looking at Him as their king and that He was going to set them free from the Roman oppression. He comes in riding a donkey’s colt. This had been prophesied by Zechariah several hundred years before.

Riding a donkey was not totally uncommon for kings, but riding a donkey’s colt was uncommon. When a person is riding a donkey it is usually one that has been trained and broken to allow the person to ride it. A colt is the baby donkey that has not been properly trained yet.

This ride into town would not have been a very easy ride. The colt most likely would try to go where it wanted to go. It would start and stop without warning. Maybe, even try running some. It would have been a bumpy ride.

His ride into town would represent His last ride on this earth. It would be a very difficult time. The world would finally reject Jesus and condemn Him to die on the cross. He would be whipped, beaten, spit upon, a crown of thorns on His head, and have nails through His hands and feet before it would be over.

Knowing all of this, Jesus still rides into town. With all of the people giving Him praise, it would have been easy to change roads and take over the Roman Empire, yet Jesus does not do that. He continues to follow the Father’s plan to go to the cross. His goal is a lot larger than just an empire, it is the world.

The road you must travel may be a bumpy, slow and difficult ride. It is the one the Father has set for you. Be willing to be humble and stay on that ride. In the end the prize is more than just a few things in this life, it will be eternal life with everything. Do not demand from God to ride on a horse today, ride the colt He has you on.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to walk the path He has you on; that God will give you His peace to be on the colt on that path; that you will not fear what is coming but trust in God; and that your life will mirror the life of Jesus for all the world to see.