Scripture Reference

Luke 19: 29 – 34 (KJV)

29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,

30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.

 31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.

 32 And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.

 33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?

 34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him.


Palm Sunday beings the celebration of Holy Week. The days leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. And it begins with the Triumphant Entry, Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem on a young colt, as the people lay down their garments and waved palm branches crying Hosana!

But one of other elements that, is embraced, unexpected, misunderstood, and maybe even overlooked, is in regards to the way in which this whole event happens. Jesus enters riding not a horse, but a donkey. And here we see that God can still teach us a thing or two, even from the most unlikely of subjects.

  1. God knows where, how, and who we are

Understand that Jesus had not physically made any preparations. Jesus was coming from Bethany. Upon arriving at the Mount of Olives, he says to two of his disciples, “go into the village before of you, and there you will find a colt tied, a colt on which nobody has ever sat on before. Untie it and bring it here, I need it”. Jesus knew the details. Jesus tells his disciples what to do, where to go, and what to look for. Jesus knew where this colt could be found, he knew that this colt would be tied up, an animal that nobody had ever ridden before. He knew that this donkey may be young and inexperienced about carrying things, and people, about bearing a weight and trusting and responding to a master. But Jesus says this is what I need.

God knows the details of our lives, and knows exactly what he’s doing. God knows the good, bad and the ugly about where you’ve been, and what you’ve done, and still, God wants you. Moses, and Jeremiah, are just a few of the many examples of God coming to us, knowing exactly where to find us, and seeing us in our mess, and still choosing to use us for his glory.

  1. God knows more than we who are, he knows who we can be

We need to realize that that God sees us for more than who we are, God sees us for who we can be with his help. Just like that colt. Jesus took a young, inexperienced animal, had it brought to him and then Jesus used that colt to ride into Jerusalem. Knowing it would be the perfect animal to help him usher in his kingdom.

Consider Paul. When God calls Ananias to go and restore Paul’s sight, he is bewildered. He thinks that God is making a mistake, that God is oblivious to the atrocities that Paul has committed against believers. But we see that God is not oblivious, but God is looking beyond who Paul is right now, and looking to who Paul will be. Ananias looks to Paul’s past– “I have heard, what he has done”. The Lord looks to Paul’s future – “This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim and carry my name”. Ananias and Paul needed to trust that God would get Paul there. And we need to trust that God will do the same with us.

If he has untied you, if he has set you free, brought you to himself, if he has told you that he sees what you could be, what you will be — by his power, won’t you carry his name? Won’t you bear that weight proudly? Won’t you serve the master the best you can? That is my challenge to you today. Trust that God knows where you are, who you are, and who you will be. Though you may think yourself deficient, though you may think yourself lacking and inexperienced, won’t you trust him to lead you? To be with you every step of the way. That we might be, just like that colt, able to carry the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as we eagerly expect his triumphant return.

31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. — Luke 19: 31 (KJV)

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