while writing poetic sermons
from the Gospel of Luke,
I wrote two poems called,
“East of Jerusalem” and “The Lord Has Need of It”
in reference to
Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem
from the Mount of Olivet.
I have to say, they were really good.
I invite you to read them on my blog
called “Breaking Strongholds.”
I wrote them in September of 2020
when the world was spinning out of control.
This morning, I am focusing on the same event -
not from Luke perspective,
but from the way Matthew explains it.
The scripture says,
“As they approached Jerusalem
and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,
Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,
“Go to the village ahead of you,
and at once you will find
a donkey tied there, with her colt by her.
Untie them and bring them to me.
If anyone says anything to you,
say that the Lord needs them,
and he will send them right away.”
This took place to fulfill what was spoken
through the prophet:
“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”
The disciples went
and did as Jesus had instructed them.
They brought the donkey and the colt
and placed their cloaks on them
for Jesus to sit on.
A very large crowd
spread their cloaks on the road,
while others cut branches
from the trees
and spread them on the road.
The crowds that went ahead of him
and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he
who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
When Jesus entered Jerusalem,
the whole city was stirred
and asked, “Who is this?”
The crowds answered,
“This is Jesus, the prophet
from Nazareth in Galilee.”
So, this year in 2021, the Lord is showing me
the significance of the donkey,
the colt, and the white horse.
Donkeys portray symbols of service,
and symbols of suffering, humility and peace.
They are also associated with the theme of wisdom,
such as the story of Balaam's ass
in Chapter 22 in the Book of Numbers.
Donkeys are sturdy, very sure-footed,
they are often used to carry people down
the steep edge of a canyon, because people,
on their own, are more likely to fall.
Over 500 years
before the birth of Jesus Christ,
“In the eighth month
of the second year of Darius,
the word of the Lord came
to the prophet Zechariah
son of Berekiah, the son of Iddo:”
And Zechariah said,
“Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
Let us never forget -
The Word of the Lord
existed from the beginning of time!
The Word of the Lord creates all things
and sets the thoughts of God into motion.
Donkeys are known as domesticated horses,
and are usually used to get important work done.
The donkey is often great service to the plowman,
while he is sowing seed and tending to his field.
In addition, donkeys are typically
associated with common men,
and the goal is always to operate in peace
while living and working in the same space.
On the other hand, horses are warriors!
They are typically the animals used
to transport men long distances,
to engage in war and bloodshed,
and controlled by militaries and kings.
So now it makes total sense to me,
why Jesus would request a donkey and a colt.
The donkey must have been used
to help Him get over Mount Olivet,
and the colt must have been
the animal he rode in on
while entering East Jerusalem.
I mean, why else would Jesus need
a donkey and a colt?
He certainly would not be riding in,
And let us not forget how John saw
Jesus coming back -
“I saw heaven standing open
and there before me was a white horse,
whose rider is called Faithful and True.
With justice he judges and wages war.
His eyes are like blazing fire,
and on his head are many crowns.
He has a name written on him
that no one knows but he himself.
He is dressed in a robe
dipped in blood,
and his name is the Word of God.”
I have a Word for anyone reading this.
PREPARE - for the Lord is Coming Back!