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.

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Mark 10:33-34 Rough Road

“We are going up to Jerusalem, he said, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.” Mark 10:33-34

As the disciples and Jesus were heading up to Jerusalem, Jesus decides to tell them what is going to happen there. It is not a pretty picture. It is a rough road. He tells how He will be handed over, mocked, spit upon, and killed.

Imagine how the disciples must have been feeling at this point. Here is the Man they believe is the Messiah, who has come to save them, is now going to be killed.

Also, think about how Jesus was feeling. He came and did absolutely nothing wrong, yet He was going forward into the greatest trouble any man could ever face in all of history.

Yet, they went forward, because of the last line Jesus had spoken in this passage: “Three days later he will rise”. Jesus knew He was going to die, but He also knew He was going to rise again, victorious.

What would you do if you knew that going into town today you were going to get killed? Most people would not go. They would go somewhere else.

Jesus knew He had to go to Jerusalem, it was the Father’s will. It was a part of the plan to save the world.

God may not be asking you to go to a physical death today, but He is asking you to die to yourself. God has a plan for your life. That plan may not always be cheerful and fun. It may include some very harsh pain, yet it is with your best interest in mind.

Are you willing to walk the path God has for you? Remember, the most that can happen to you is you get killed, but later you will rise again with Jesus.

Go forward today in God’s plan knowing that you will rise again victorious, just as Jesus did. It may be a rough road, but it will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that God will give you the strength to walk the path He has for you; that God will remove the fear of trouble; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.