“King on a donkey”
“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” Matthew 21:5
In the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, we are seeing the paradoxical nature of His kingship. The disciples, for some time then, wanted Jesus to openly declare his kingship. But Jesus was not budging to that. They knew His power, His glory and His ability to perform miracles. They must have thought “Jesus is finally doing something right”. They must be quite thrilled thinking that it was the moment for Jesus to declare His kingship to the world.
But there was a problem: Jesus chose to ride on a donkey. Kings do not come riding on a donkey but servants do. Instead of riding on a warhorse like a victorious king, Jesus rode on a donkey like a servant. Despite being the eternal king, Jesus takes the position of a servant. And He is also vulnerable and defenceless – one who is riding on a donkey could easily be slaughtered. What kind of King is he?
Jesus is saying, “I am the king, but not the kind of king you expect – I am the gentle king, the dying king, the servant king” He is the king that’s higher than the heavens, yet He comes so low to fulfil all the requirements to save us from our sins. “Sin” is like servants putting themselves in the place of a king. For offering Salvation, Jesus the mighty king put himself in a place of a servant.
As the world faces many crisis situations at the moment, we may have our own idea of how God should act in our lives or in the current crisis in the world. Like the disciples, we may expect Jesus to come in His power destroy all the evil and end the crisis in a moment. But God may surprise us and the world by acting in a much different way than we thought. But it’s about His way, His will and His purpose. If we want to accept his kingship, it should be in his terms and not ours. He will not let us and the world have our way, our will or wish.
Surrender to his kingship and His ways today because He is worthy and He is the true deliverer. He will bring about the much needed deliverance in His way and in His time as He knew it fully. He will also turn you into a gentle servant for His kingdom to touch the lives of people around you and bring them under His kingship too!
Blessed week ahead having Jesus as your king and let Him have His way in your life!