A Lesson from a Donkey

When most people think of a donkey it is not normally accompanied with thoughts of awe and wonder. In fact, for those growing up in urban areas they may consider the donkey to be an unimportant or insignificant animal. However, it should be noted that donkeys have played an important part in society for thousands of years. They have been used to protect goats and sheep, carry heavy loads, clearing land, pulling carts, and breeding mules. In our modern day, they have also been used for backpacking trips, handicap riding programs, and petting zoos. Given all that donkeys have done over the years there is one occasion that surpasses all other donkey achievements. A little less than two thousand years ago a donkey had the privilege to escort the God of the universe into Jerusalem. Matthew 21:1-11 describes the triumphal entry of Jesus fulfilling Zechariah 9:9 pointing to the reality that Jesus is King. Could you imagine what the donkey would have said to his fellow burros if he could talk? “Hey fellows, you will not believe what happened to me today. You remember how for over 500 years our ancestors have passed down the prophecy that a Messiah would enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey? Well guess what – today it happened! It is still hard for me to believe. I was standing there minding my own business when two men took me outside of the city. At first, I was a little concerned, but my master didn’t seem concerned so I went with them. Before I knew it, a man sat on my back. We started into the city and then I realized who I was carrying. People were crying out ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ It hit me! Out of all the donkeys in the world, God chose me to carry the Savior of the world into Jerusalem. I cannot believe it. I am the most blessed donkey ever to have lived!” If donkeys could talk – he would be correct!    

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