With Easter right around the corner I decided to sit down and read about Christ’s last few days before the cross. As I began to read in Luke 19 I was taken back by these words of Christ, “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?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it.’” (30-31 NIV)
The Lord needs it… I have never thought that the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings would need anything. In fact, the idea of Jesus’ needing something really never found its way into my theology at all. Jesus is God. God has it all because He created it all and is in it all. So why would Jesus need anything?
In my opinion it’s because Jesus needed to show us something specific and real.
When Jesus told His disciples to go and untie ‘the beast of burden’ He was showing them that they were being called to untie more than a donkey. They were being called to untie the oppression of Satan upon humanity. They were being called to free the captive from their ‘post’ and lead them into the savior’s hands. However, the act of untying the donkey was not just a spiritual concept but a physical one.
Jesus needed to fulfill the prophesy set before him in Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” By riding into Jerusalem on a colt Jesus was connecting what was to what is and what will be. Jesus needed the donkey. He needed it to carry him to those who didn’t know him. He needed it to help people see the salvation he possessed. He needed it, just like he needs us.
Christ needs us to be the vessel to bring salvation into our homes, work places and communities. He needs us to carry the burden of the broken and helpless. He needs us to share in the work of the Kingdom and be a messenger of salvation.
Think about it…without the donkey how would the promise of eternal life arrived in Jerusalem?
It’s time for us to become untied, share in the burden and be a messenger of Christ in the place where God has us and needs us.