A Different Kind of Motorcade
“Why are we stopped at this light? It’s green.” Then I see the motorcycle cops, then the secret service cars, the tinted glass limousines with the flags, and I know why. We are in D.C. and a high-ranking governmental official needs to make it to their next power meeting. Police escorts, flags, security forces, limousines—these are the symbols of power. Now picture a countryman riding on a donkey with a bunch of coats draped over its back for a saddle.
In the first century Roman governors didn’t ride in a Cadillac. A chariot was their vehicle of choice, complete with mounted cavalry and foot soldiers. Jesus chose to ride into Jerusalem on a donkey. Why?
“Now this happened to fulfill the word spoken through the prophet,
‘Say to Daughter Zion, See, our king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” Matthew 21:4-5 (Quoting Zechariah 9:9)
I understand the reason for the motorcade, and I easily give my allegiance to leaders who exude power, position, and intimidation. It’s harder for me to believe that the humble countryman from Galilee riding on a young colt with its mother in tow is the One I need to bow before and follow. I shouldn’t be surprised by Jesus’ entrance. This is exactly how He talked at the beginning in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and now near the end of His journey in the incident that just happened where the disciples fought over leadership positions in His Kingdom (Matthew 20:24-28).
LORD, give me the wisdom today to believe that your humble, gentle, non-pretentious leadership model is the right way to actually influence others, not all the pompous drama of human power. Protect me from being seduced by the trappings of human power and position.
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