“And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.” Matthew 21:1-3
As a reader and a writer, I often wish that the Bible gave us more details about events. But then, I suppose, we would have a book that was much too big to carry around. Jesus had twelve disciples and they were all here with Him. I wonder which two he gave this assignment to.
Shall we listen in to their conversation as they make their way into the village, find the donkey, and return to Jesus?
“Strange things the Master asked us to do.
“Yes, and strange how the owner didn’t question us as to who the Master was and why he wanted the donkey.”
“Seemed almost like everything had been arranged beforehand.”
“Do you realize that no one has ever ridden on that colt? I sure hope the Master knows what He is risking by getting on its back.”
Everyone in the crowd was surprised when Jesus was able to mount the colt and ride safely into the city. Surely this made the two disciples realize what Jesus had been trying to teach them for the past few months – that He was the Son of God and had come to earth to bring salvation to the world.
What can we learn from these two disciples? Jesus asked them to do something different and yet they obeyed without question. They did not argue with their Lord or try to persuade him not to ride the colt. They simply obeyed and did what He asked. I am sure that their voices were among those who were crying out “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.”
How important it is for us to listen to the voice of the Lord. He will never ask us to do anything that He has not prepared the way before us. All He asks is for us to obey without question. We too will see that His way is best and will lift our voices in praise and worship to Him.
Prayer: Jesus, we thank you that you came to earth and purchased our salvation. We give you honour and praise today for all that you have done, and we look forward to your soon return when we shall see you face to face.
Devotion by Anne Johnston