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Jesus’ arrival on a donkey’s back


Phil Weaver, Senior Minister at New Springs Church, Loughborough, considers what we can learn from Jesus’ arrival on a donkey’s back.

The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them. Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of him, and those who followed, were shouting: “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest!”

When he had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.”

The Triumphal Entry refers to the time that Jesus entered into Jerusalem on what is known today as Palm Sunday. It is the Sunday before the Lord Jesus was crucified. The story is one of the few incidents in the life of Jesus which appears in all four Gospel accounts.

Reading the four accounts together, it becomes clear that this was a significant event – the beginning of the week that is now known as Holy Week.

In this story we can learn several things:

Jesus the Master Arranger

At some time Jesus must have arranged for someone to provide a donkey and its colt. We don’t know if Jesus slipped away from his disciples and arranged the matter with the owner of the donkey or if he sent someone else to sort it out. However, one thing is for sure: he had arranged it.

Jesus visited the city of Jerusalem on many occasions, in fact at least once a year to celebrate the feast of Passover. However, this time it was different. He came not simply to celebrate Passover, but to atone for the sins of the world. He didn’t bring a lamb to sacrifice, he was that lamb!

Just because you don’t know all the details, it doesn’t mean God isn’t arranging things for your future good. You might not know exactly what he is up to, but you can trust him. He’s the Master Arranger, who can make a way where there seems to be no way.

This article was taken from the Spring 2020 issue of iBelieve Magazine.

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