It happened on the Sunday before Good Friday. Jesus sends His disciples to go unloose a donkey and bring it back. Jesus knows that this event begins the journey toward Jerusalem, and the cross. The disciples don't understand what is happening. The people don't understand. Many come and cry out, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!. Hosanna in the highest!" Their cry comes from Ps. 118:25,26. Hosanna means, "Save us." Some of them want Jesus to save them from the cruelty of the Roman oppression. But this King doesn't fit the picture of a conquering King! He is riding a donkey. A king would be expected to ride in on a great horse, showing his strength for the people. But this King rides on a donkey. It is a donkey on which no one has ever sat before. This is a miracle, showing a picture of of meekness. Here is the King, who has all authority in heaven and earth, riding on a donkey. Meekness is defined as 'power under control'. This was a true picture of meekness. Matt. 21:5 says, "Tell the daughter of Zion, Behold, our King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey." This is a fulfilment of Zach. 9:9. He comes lowly, with gentleness, meekness, and humility. Isa. 42:2,3 says, "He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth." He invites us to come and learn from Him, for He says, "Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matt. 11:29,30. He is the One who made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. He did not demand to be treated as God. He did not judge anyone, nor did He lord it over anyone. He was the humble King. Yet, the next time He rides into Jerusalem, it will not be on a donkey. John saw Him on a white horse, with eyes like a flame of fire, and on His head many crowns. He will take His rightful place as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Because of his humility, He has been given a name which is above every name. By humility He won the battle for our souls, and purchased our right to become sons and daughters of God. Through humility we will conquer every temptation, and fulfil the destiny God has for our lives.
Are you walking in humility today?
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