This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’
Matthew 21: 4 – 5
Imagine you heard the Queen was coming to Granton. You organised a welcome, hung the bunting, and arranged for everyone to come and meet her. Then at the time she was due to arrive, a beat up ‘05 reg Nissan Micra pulled up to the kerb and the Queen emerged wearing joggers. Do you think you’d be a little surprised?
In Jesus’s day Kings usually arrived on great warhorses or luxurious palanquins, they symbolised their wealth and power. But this King was riding the common animal, the kind the peasants used. Because this King’s greatness didn’t come from his vast fortune or loyal soldiers. This King was the one sent by God, who carried with him God’s power and blessing.
We still live in a society where people feel the need to project their worth by showing off their wealth and status: fats cars, luxury watches, designer clothes. They are intended to remind other how wealthy and important the wearer is. But as Christians we don’t need those kinds of reminders, because we know that our true wealth comes from the depth of our relationship with God.
Prayer: God our King, my greatest blessing is to know you and to know that I am loved. Nothing else could compare! Help me to trust that that is enough.
Action: Next time you are tempted to show off, ask yourself ‘what am I trying to prove?’.