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.

Numbers 22:31 Seeing God And His Ways

“Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.” Numbers 22:31

Balaam had been asked to curse the Israelites several times by king Balak. Each time Balaam said he had to go before God and see what He wanted him to do. After the third time, God tells him to go.

As he is riding his donkey on the way, the donkey suddenly stops and pushes up against a wall. In anger against the donkey, Balaam strikes the donkey. God opens the mouth of the donkey to tell Balaam that he (the donkey) was innocent of wrong doing. God then opens the eyes of Balaam to see the angel of the Lord in the road about to strike him down.

Although God allowed Balaam to go with Balak, He was not happy about it. Balaam had pushed God to allow him to go. He knew all along that God did not really want him to go.

People will often approach God in prayer about a situation asking for His permission to have or do something that they really know God does not want them to have or do. They keep praying over and over, until God finally gives them what they are asking for.

Balaam had been greedy about getting some money and was willing to do just about anything to get it, including going against God, even though he said he could only do what God wants.

There may be things in your life that you want. You keep begging God for an answer to that item or situation, while knowing what God really wants. Many times God will finally give it to you.

However, there may be a price to getting it. God may put an angel in your path to strike you down. God may not physically kill you, but He may take something else in your life or allow your life to become miserable.

If you stay in God’s Word and pray daily, you will know God’s will for you life in many areas. When you know that will, do not try to ask God for something outside of it. Don’t push God.

See what God is doing and follow that path. Don’t allow yourself to get struck down.

I pray today that you will see God; that you will know God’s plan for you; that you will follow God’s plans; and that you will stay in God’s favor.

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.

Luke 19:38 Giving Praise

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Luke 19:38

As Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem the people start shouting praises to Him. They are calling Him their king.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, He was riding a colt of a donkey. This is not an animal that is connected to royalty. When kings would ride into their city, they always road on majestic horses or in a carriage, not a donkey, and a baby one at that.

Along with the riding a colt, Jesus never stated that He was their king. He never grabbed at being the king. Jesus just did what His Father wanted Him to do.

The people had been looking for a king of their own. They had been under the harsh Roman rule for many years and wanted their freedom again. They could see in Jesus someone who could be that king.

With these things in mind, they give Jesus great praise. They honor Him as a real king. They laid out a carpet of palm branches for Him to come in on. They called out praise to Him, honoring Him as the king.

Nearly 2,000 years later, Jesus still comes into the lives and hearts of men and women as a king. He humbled comes in. He does not demand that you follow Him and force you to be His subject. He comes in a calm way on a colt showing His love and care for you.

Believers need to be willing to give Him praise as the King. Americans do not like the idea of someone being a king, but that is what Jesus is and needs to be in your life. Allow Him to be your king.

Allow Jesus to be your king, and shout out praises to Him and about Him. Do not be silent. Let the world know that Jesus is your king and is The King. The world will try to silent you, but Jesus said if you are silent the rocks will cry out.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your King; that you will shout out praises to Him; that you will let the world know that Jesus is your king; that you will not be ashamed of Jesus; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.