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, we too are needed. This colt was unbroken, yet became instantly docile and submissive to his Creator’s plan.
Jesus wants us to travel with Him in colt-like fashion. God has chosen to use each of us in good works for His glory. He planned them ahead of time for us to walk in (see Ephesians 2:10).
The Lord has need of you and you too must be submitted to the Master’s plans.
We worship God when we cooperate with His plan and do our prepared works.
Just like the colt, we need to carry Jesus. This colt humbly carried Jesus into the city of Jerusalem before a multitude of people.
Jesus wants us to be carriers of His good news to every creature in our 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.
We worship God when we humbly carry Jesus and His good news of salvation to our world.
Just like the colt, we need 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 us to be broken so He can have full control of our lives. In view of His tender mercies, this brokenness should be the daily yielding of our lives for His reasonable service (see Romans 12:1). Under His authority is the safest place for us 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.
We worship God when we stay broken and under Jesus’ control.
Just like the colt, we 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 us to willfully be forgotten about and let our worship and that of others be rightfully ascribed to Him. We need to be more colt-like and like John the Baptist who understood his role quite well. He 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.
We worship God when we allow ourselves 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.