Today’s Reading: Matthew 21
Key Verse: “Tell the people of Jerusalem,‘Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.’ Matthew 21:5
Today we will start a one Holy week devotional for Easter. Many of you would have heard yesterday at church about Jesus entering on a Donkey and all that happened on Palm Sunday.
The two disciples must have wondered what Jesus was planning when He asked for a donkey. He must have walked hundreds of miles in during his life but there is no mention of Him ever riding on anything, except sailing in a boat every now and then.
But now, He gives this unusual command to go into the village to get a colt that had never been ridden, and to bring it to Him. It must have seemed strange, why ride into the city on a colt, rather than to walk into it as He had always done before?
History tells us that in times of war conquerors would ride in chariots or upon stallions. But during times of peace, the king would ride a colt to symbolize that peace prevailed.
So, for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem upon a colt was a public declaration that He is a King of Kings and Prince of peace.
Five hundred years earlier, the prophet Zechariah had proclaimed that fact when he wrote, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous & having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9).
Jesus is still King of Kings. Martin Luther said Jesus is “The only monarch who ever deserved that man should fall down before Him was a child of poverty, whose life was spent in teaching, and who died an ignominious death.