Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Passion Week.
Often we remember the palm branches (hence the name Palm Sunday) and the children shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David.” Seldom we remember the donkey Jesus used as He rode into Jerusalem.
Jesus chose to use this animal not because it is the best animal or the most efficient way to do the job.
The donkey was chosen so that the people might identify Jesus with the prophecy of Zechariah.
“This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to the Daughter of Zion, “See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Matthew 21:4-5).
550 years earlier God already had a plan for this donkey to play a part in His redemptive plan. He also has a plan for us to play in His redemptive work.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
We have been chosen not only for blessing but also for service. You are not a nobody in God’s plan. God knows you by name and He has a plan for you. Just as He had plans for the donkey, He has prepared in advance the good works for you to do.
You may not be someone significant, influential and successful in the eyes of the world. Remember, Jesus, the Anointed One used a lowly donkey. Just like He used fishermen to turn the world upside down; He chose a tax collector to evangelize and former prostitutes to win cities; He used a child with a few fishes to feed a multitude; He chose lowly shepherds to announce His birth; He chose me, who has no university degree and no work experience to become a pastor. If He can use a donkey, surely He can use you!
Donkeys are workers. Will you be a donkey for Christ? On that Palm Sunday, the donkey carried the Presence of Christ into the city. Will you be a bearer of Christ’s Presence? Our Lord needs people who are prepared to become donkeys for Him to carry His Presence to certain marketplaces, certain cities, and certain parts of the world.
The Master still has need of donkeys. He wants to enter certain places. He needs a ride. He issues the call, “I have need of him!” Will you answer that call? Will you give the King of kings a ride? Will you chauffer the Lord of lords? Will you do your humble bit in this great work of proclaiming salvation to the lost world? To lift up Jesus so that He can be seen by crowds and draw people to Himself.
Will you be a donkey for Christ?