The events of Palm Sunday are worthy of spiritual consideration for today’s Christ followers. This day begins a seven-day period that most refer to as Passion Week. In these final days, the last of Jesus’s public and earthly ministry works are on display.
This day, though, begins with a rather unusual assignment for two of Jesus’s Disciples. For obvious Gospel contextual reasons, some have suggested that this humbling assignment could have been given to James and John. However, I’ll leave their identity alone and let your curiosity consider that.
These two were instructed to go into town and commandeer an unbroken colt. “The Lord needs him,” was the phrase they were told to tell anyone who questioned their actions.
Like this young donkey, Christ’s contemporary followers should practice colt-like worship. He alone deserves every “Hosanna!”
Just like the colt, you too are needed. This colt was unbroken, yet became instantly docile and submissive to his Creator’s plan.
Jesus wants you to travel with Him in colt-like fashion. God has chosen to use you in good works for His glory. He planned them ahead of time for you to walk in (see Ephesians 2:10).
The Lord has need of you and you too must be submitted to the Master’s plans.
You worship God when you cooperate with His plan and do your prepared works.
Just like the colt, you need to carry Jesus. This colt humbly carried Jesus into the city of Jerusalem before a multitude of people.
Jesus wants you to be a carrier of His good news to every creature in your world (see Mark 16:15).
The Lord needs you to carry Him and His Kingdom message to the many people in your circle of life.
You worship God when you humbly carry Jesus and His good news of salvation to your world.
Just like the colt, you need to be under Jesus’ control. This colt was unbroken by his owner, or not tamed and accustomed to riding. He was, however, broken in the presence of his Creator and under His authority.
Jesus wants you to be broken so He can have full control of your life. In view of His tender mercies, this brokenness should be the daily yielding of your life for His reasonable service (see Romans 12:1). Under His authority is the safest place to reside.
The Lord needs you to be under His control, give up your “born to be wild” ways, and be docile in His hands.
You worship God when you stay broken and under Jesus’ control.
Just like the colt, you need to be forgotten about as Christ is worshiped. As the procession moved closer and closer to Jerusalem, the colt is receiving less and less attention. The colt was still there, but this special day was really not about him. The creation is almost invisible as the Creator is rightfully worshiped.
Jesus wants you to willfully be forgotten about and let your worship and that of others be rightfully ascribed to Him. You need to be more colt-like and like John the Baptist who understood his role quite well. John instinctively knew that the Gospel story wasn’t really all about him and pointed others to Christ (see John 3:30).
The Lord needs you to step into the background of His story and let your life be about pointing others to praise the God of our salvation.
You worship God when you allow yourself to be forgotten and all praises, honors, and accolades given to the only One worthy of the hosannas.
How about it friend? Are you giving God colt-like worship? The Lord certainly has need of you. Remember, He alone deserves every “Hosanna!” Together, during this Passion Week, let’s worship Him, Christ the Lord.