Nuclear Missiles and Unbroken Donkeys
When Nikita Khrushchev shouted, “We will bury you,” I was seven years old. Living in New Jersey just across the Hudson River from New York City, I knew that the Russian ballistic missiles with their nuclear warheads would certainly strike our area. Annually, there was news coverage of the communist leaders high on the old Kremlin walls watching the parade of military might complete with row after row of missiles. Machaevelli preached the need to exercise brute force when it comes to solidifying political power, and whether it’s the old communist intimidation in the Kremlin parade or the recent North Korean threat, secular rulers flex their strength to expand their rule. But Jesus is different.
Even before He ascended up the rugged road from Jericho to Jerusalem Jesus taught that His Father had given Him the Kingdom, but instead of flexing His omnipotence, He tells a couple of His disciples to go into the village about a mile from the crest of the Mt. of Olives. He will enter Jerusalem sitting on an unbroken, young donkey, not a war chariot.
“And after saying these things (the story about the King who executed those who hated and rejected Him cf. Lk. 19:27), Jesus continued moving ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When they approached Bethphage and Bethany, on the mountain called Olives, He sent two of His disciples. ‘Go into the village in front of you. As you are entering, you will find a foal tied up, a foal that no one has sat on. Untie him and lead him. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying him?’ You respond, ‘The Lord has need.’
So those who were sent left and found things just as Jesus said. They untied the foal and the owner said to them, ‘Why are you untying the foal?” And they said, ‘The Lord needs him.” Then they led the foal to Jesus. They threw their garments upon him and they set Jesus on him. As He proceeded, they threw their garments on the way.” Luke 19:28-35
The only man who has the right to rule the world didn’t ride into Jerusalem on a war chariot. Like Zechariah the Jewish prophet predicted, the Messiah rode into Jerusalem, “Humble and mounted on a donkey, even a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9). This is the Ruler who will bring peace, not by flexing His power, but by dying to bring forgiveness to our hearts.
LORD, thanks that long before the Horse Whisperer, You could ride an unbroken colt and in the midst of a jubilant crowd it remained calm and steady. Help me not to be wild and unbroken in my spirit today, but to rest in Your peace.
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