Jesus has things he wants us to do. He gives us instructions. Jesus wants us to be meek.
- Do we do it exactly like He says?
- Or do we attempt to do it “in the spirit” of what He meant?
Well, we tell ourselves and others, He didn’t really mean it that way. Or, that was just for his disciples then, it doesn’t apply to us today.
Really? That is our approach to our Master. Rationalizing away what Jesus wants puts us on the wrong side of God. God has given all authority to Jesus. God’s goal for us that we obey Him. Yahweh [God] is God. He is not to be questioned.
Do effective employees “kind of do” what their boss wants them to do? Not if they want to keep their jobs.
I want to keep my job with Jesus.
The disciples went and did just as Yeshua [Jesus] directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt; then they laid their clothes on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their clothes on the road; others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. Then the crowds who went ahead of him and those who followed shouted:
Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is he who comes in the name
of the Master [Lord]!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!
Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Matthew 21:6–9). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Why did Jesus plan this demonstration? For one thing, He was obeying the Word and fulfilling the prophecy recorded in Zechariah 9:9. This prophecy could apply only to Jesus the Messiah [Christ], for He is the only One with credentials that prove He is Israel’s King.
We usually do not associate the lowly donkey with kingship, but this was the royal animal of Jewish monarchs. There were actually two animals involved, the mother and the colt (foal). Jesus sat on the colt with the mother walking beside.
“Going and doing just as Jesus had ordered them [to do]” spotlights exact obedience, the kind that characterizes true disciples. These same two disciples also do Jesus the honor of placing their garments on the two animals to provide him with a kind of saddle. “Upon them” differs slightly from “on them” and therefore favors that Jesus sat upon the garments.
Matthew balances the meekness of Jesus with the majesty of Jesus by picturing the two beasts as a very wide throne draped together with the same garments. Thus Jesus rides sidesaddle, so it seems, royally as well as meekly into his domain.
Faith at Work: Jesus wants us to work our faith at work in meekness and humility. These are the characteristics that stand out to others. We will be leaders. That is leadership the Jesus way.