Dream word – LOOK
“Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: ‘Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt.’”
It’s true! “A British-based donkey welfare group has started a campaign to put reflective tags on Namibia's donkeys. The idea is to make the animals easier to see at night, and thus to avoid collisions on main roads.” Namibia, even at the beginning of the 21st Century has over 150,000 donkeys in its Northern region alone, with each householder owning at least five! The phrase “as common as a Namibian donkey” is obviously well used in the vernacular of North Africa! This makes me giggle profusely!
You see, the problem is that donkeys are and have always been, figures of mirth and even figures of dumb stupidity! Certainly, on the south coast of England, being referred to as “a right donkey” is no compliment.
So, here in our text for tonight, the King of Kings rides into His earthly capitol on a figure of dumb stupidity. No state coach, no snarling Alexandrian Bucephalus, punching the skies with its strident hooves, nope, just the dope of a donkey quietly carrying the Eternal King of ages. It is a weak and stupid picture and me thinks it is purposefully so, for here the King of Kings comes slowly, steadily, surely, humbly, approachably, easy to be touched, easy to be tagged, and easy to be taken.
I wonder if even today Christian, your King has approached you in the same manner and you have failed to recognise Him, for you expected a right Royal, spotless white unnamed steed, to pound its own way across your waiting horizon in purposeful prepared and glorious redemption, charging down your enemies and trampling the devil under foot! Oh, that particular riding magnificence is coming, one day, make no mistake about it, yes and amen, the tattoo thighed Saviour is coming to stomp His authority over the heads of the devil and all who follow him but it wasn’t today! No, today, Jesus was still riding on donkey and maybe you missed Him because of it?
The truth is, O thought to be forgotten friend, Jesus still rides on donkeys. Think about that and from tomorrow, whenever you smell that damp offensive odour, common to all dismal drudging donkeys who have been ridden hard and put away wet, take a better look at the rider, because Jesus might just be smiling right back on at you. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Especially if they are long and furry goofy looking ones! Singing: “Hey ho, away we go, donkey riding, donkey riding, hey ho, away we go, riding on a donkey!”
Listen: “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'“ - Matthew 25:34-40
Pray:Holy Spirit please do me a favour tomorrow will you? Could you put some reflective tags and number plates on all the donkeys that Jesus shall be riding into my life because the truth is, I am often as a blind as a bat and dumber than a mule. Indeed, give me ears as big as a donkey, that I may hear Your voice. Eee-aww, amen, Hallelujah and goodnight.
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