And when they came near Jerusalem, unto Bethpage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sent forth two of his disciples, and said unto them, “Go your way into the village opposite you; and as soon as you are entered into it, you shall find a colt tied, on which never man sat; loose him, and bring him. And if any man say unto you, Why do you do this? Say that the Lord has need of him; and immediately he will send him here”. –Mark 11:1-3
The Lord had entered Jerusalem like a conquering King. People spread garments on his way and waved branches of palm trees as they shouted, “Hosanna; blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest!” However, He did not come as a political figure to lead Israel against Roman occupation but as the King of Peace who had brought God’s peace to the Jews and to all men.
In this reflection, I would like to give emphasis on the colt and its owner. The Lord has needed the donkey and her colt and the owner has readily given them because, the Lord who has needed them.
It is easy to give something, if
- It does not cost too much- “It’s too little to hurt”… “I can manage a few hundred…”
- It will be returned- “Anyway, I can have it back.”
- Not really theirs- “It’s not mine anyway.”
- Because he loves the Lord and His mission- “I want to be a part of the work of the Lord at any cost.”
The owner of the donkey and colt had no second thoughts of giving or lending the m to the Lord. There was no mention as to who he was, if he had been with the Lord in the past or if they had any previous understanding. Perhaps, he knew the Lord, a believer and a follower too. Whoever he was, he was ready to follow the Lord’s request.
In the same way, may we all be ready to obey the Lord’s will in any aspect of our lives when we hear His call- “The Lord needs you”.
Digested from a Palm Sunday sermon by: Rev. Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro, United Methodist Church
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