Luke 19:28-40


“After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” say, “The Lord needs it.”’ Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ They replied, ‘The Lord needs it.’ They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’ Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’” Luke 19:28-40

“The Lord needs it.” We find these words in verse 31 of today’s Scripture passage. It is referring to a colt that is at the entrance to the city. It had never been ridden. It was as if it were just there waiting for Jesus.

Do you know what? It was!

Before the foundations of the earth that colt had been earmarked as the way into Jerusalem on that day. Jesus would ride a young colt into the city and be hailed as the King of the Jews.

But the owner had to allow it. He heard the words, “The Lord needs it” but he had to be willing to hand over the reins. Do you wonder what went through his mind? Did he worry about whether or not he would get his little donkey back? Was he hesitant to answer “yes” to the request?

We don’t know his questions, but we can be sure of what his words would be today. He would tell us with tears of gratitude that he was chosen to give his little donkey to Jesus. Yes, it was just the use of a little donkey for the day, but it was one of the most momentous occasions in all of history, in all of eternity.

What can we give today? What is it that He needs?

Look around. “The Lord needs it.”

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