Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
This is presented in each of the Gospels, but Zechariah [9:9] knew about it first, pioneering and inspiring the idea to REJOICE. He that is Salvation would come riding in on a colt (not the NFL team, an actual animal, although the visual of Payton Manning giving Jesus a piggy back ride would be monumental).
The Triumphal Entry of Jesus!
The story goes like this: Jesus instructed two of his disciples to go and bring him a colt. He also instructed them on what to say when they were questioned about it, and when they returned with the colt they prepared it for Jesus to ride into the city and as he rode they REJOICED, exclaiming “Blessed is he who comes in the name of The Lord.” Jesus, coming through Jerusalem on a colt, was fulfilling prophesy as written in Zechariah and even though the disciples weren’t fully aware of this, because of their obedience Jesus allowed them to be apart of that process.
The beauty in God’s Love for us is that he doesn’t really NEED us. I mean think about it; compared to his power we are minuscule in might. On top of that, the things we choose to do can make us a nightmare to have around. Yet God not only includes us in his plans, but he takes pleasure in using us. However, he doesn’t use anybody just because they have a pulse; we must first be obedient.
Imagine if the disciples were like: “Jesus, all this walking we’re doing and YOU want ME to get YOU a donkey so YOU can ride… while we WALK some more? No thanks!” Or what if they got there and didn’t say what Jesus instructed them to say. Imagine that conversation: “Yeah, Jesus, people were there questioning what we were doing so instead of saying anything we just left. And we didn’t bring the donkey. You’ll just have to walk.”
It’s very possible that Jesus would’ve gotten a colt to ride in on as scriptures indicated he would – with our without the help of his disciples. But how sweet is it that he chose to use them and allow them access to partake in his supreme purposes. How sweet is it that he does the same for us every single day. All we have to do is obey!