Humility

.After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”
Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. (John 6:14-15)

“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.” (Matthew 21:2)

Jesus made water into wine, multiplied the loaves and fishes, healed the sick, cast out demons, and raised the dead. Massive crowds hung on his every word. He was God in the flesh, the Creator of the universe. When he made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem a week before he was crucified, he came riding on a donkey.

There were many prophesies in the Old Testament about when the Messiah would come, what he would accomplish, and what he would be like. The prophet Zechariah predicted that the Messiah would arrive humbly, upon a donkey (Zechariah 9:9). Donkeys were beasts of burden, used for carrying food and supplies. They were not the sort of animal anyone expected to carry a conquering king. When heading off to war, kings sat on mighty steeds or in chariots behind a team of horses. The President of the United States does not peddle a bicycle to across town to address Congress. But that’s just how Jesus rode into Jerusalem, upon the lowliest of animals used for human transportation.

By arriving in Jerusalem in such a manner, Jesus announced to the crowds that though he was the Messiah, he was not going to conquer the world in quite the manner they might have anticipated. Most of the disciples missed that Jesus was God’s servant, conquering the world by dying for its sins.

This same Jesus has come into your life. Have you accepted what that really means? Or have you allowed your expectations to get in the way of glorious reality?

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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