View From The Donkey

All 4 Gospels give the account of the Triumphant Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Let’s look at that day from the unique perspective of the donkey.

First of all, Jesus had a plan for the donkey. In our lives He has a plan for each of us. Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” His plan for us is that we enter into a relationship of grace with God the Father. (John 3:16)

The donkey was chosen to fulfil that plan. God’s Word tells us that we too have been chosen to fulfil God’s plan. John 15:16 – “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in My name the Father will give you.” We are chosen that we might be used for His purposes (Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.)

The donkey wore new clothes. Garments were placed upon the donkey that Jesus might take His place upon the donkey. When we come to Christ we receive new garments of life. The Bible tells us that we are clothed in Christ. Galatians 3:27 – For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

To be a part of the plan, the donkey had to go where it was led. God does not always give us the route or even the destination…we must show our love by following obediently. God told Abraham in Genesis 22:2 – “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

To me, the greatest point is that the donkey’s position of service made Jesus more visible to the crowd. When we humble ourselves, Christ becomes more visible to others. Jesus did not choose the proud, prancing horse. Nothing about the donkey took away from Jesus. Because Jesus was visible, a crowd was drawn. Jesus told us that when He is lifted up, He will draw all men unto Himself. It’s not my kingdom to build, it’s Jesus’ kingdom! It’s not me that should be exalted, but Christ! When we allow Jesus to be more visible in our lives people will talk and want to know more. When we live our lives in humble service Jesus will be glorified.

To live as a donkey, you must recognize that God is requesting your presence, so that you might be used of Him. His plan for you is that you would let Him be Lord of your life. Daily clothe yourself in the fullness of Christ. Allow the Spirit to lead you and follow obediently. Humble yourself that others may see Jesus more clearly and…serve Christ faithfully that He might be glorified…for He is worthy!

Jesus wants to make a triumphal entry into your life…will you take Him there? (JERRY SHIRLEY)

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