Today’s Reading: Zechariah 9:1-17 (additional reading: Psalm 145:1-21 & Proverbs 30:32)
“See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
Surely the text couldn’t have said a donkey. A white stallion, even a Camel, I’d take the old gray mare before a donkey. It’s pretty amazing don’t you think? The first truly public acknowledgement of Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah and he comes, as predicted in a way that seems, frankly, a little bit silly.
God had chosen to fulfil his plan riding upon a donkey, on a colt the foal of a donkey. What is the meaning of it? Well for one thing I think it makes the Messianic claim unmistakable, it wasn’t everyday, I’m sure, that people rode victoriously through the cheering crowd lined streets of Jerusalem on donkeys.
But I’d like to think there’s another message for us here. If God can use a stinky little donkey in the triumphant fulfilment of his plan then just maybe he’s got a plan for us too. So the question I’d like to consider with you is “how does a donkey become fit for the service of the King of Kings and How can we be made useful for him too?”
Well the first thing for us to know is we are useful to God because He has chosen us and for a purpose. Remember that 550 years before Jesus rode the donkey, Zechariah had prophesied about this little donkey. God had a plan and this donkey was selected by God to play a part in His plan. And he has selected us too: John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. We have been chosen not only for blessing but for service. You may not be a king or even a Sunday School teacher but God knows you by name and he has a plan for you to serve him, He has prepared in advance good works for you to do.
You know donkeys really aren’t all that great. They’re stubborn, they’re smelly, they’re small, not really able to do that much. But Jesus used a donkey in his most triumphant public moment here on earth. He could have chosen a a white stallion outfitted for battle as he’s portrayed in the book of revelation. He could have chosen a camel decked out in sumptuous velvets. But he chose a donkey.
You may not be a white stallion, or even an old gray mare. You may have never really thought of yourself as a part of God’s grand plan, but the Bible says that’s exactly what you are. You have been Selected by Him to fulfill a part of His plan prepared in advance for you.