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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. (NIV)

Luke 19:29-31 – 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?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it.'" (NIV)

Years ago, I wrote a devotional for Palm Sunday entitled, "Donkey Business". I did not realize it at the time, but since then, I have had the opportunity to hear several inspired teachings that gave me a deeper appreciation for the donkey's role in God's plan of salvation.

The colt depicted in today's Scripture is highly significant, albeit one of the most overlooked characters in the gospel narrative. Consequently, I prepared a Bible study for my church group encouraging them to consider this old, familiar story from a different perspective — from the donkey's point of view.

What lessons can be drawn from an untamed, never-before-ridden young colt? How was this donkey fit for such an important task and ready for royal duty to serve the King of kings?

Here are just a few points to contemplate and discuss with family or friends on this Palm Sunday:

  • The donkey was chosen by God and his role announced many years in advance. By comparison, we, too, have been elected for a specific purpose in God's plan. "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 NIV)

  • The donkey was tied outside in the street. Although seemingly neglected, in reality, this particular animal was set aside for such a time as this. Yet, first, he had to be untied. So, too, we also have been set free from the bondage of sin to fulfill God's purpose for our lives. "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32 NIV)

  • The donkey was used for God's glory. The colt's purpose was to make Jesus more visible to the crowds along the roadside. Likewise, we are called to exalt the Lord above ourselves so that He may receive the glory for all that He has done. "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV)

What other observations can you make by reading the accounts of Palm Sunday in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:29-38, and John 12:12-16? How does the Scripture speak to you?

Prayer: Dear Lord, with hearts full of praise, we thank You for the first Palm Sunday celebration and for the lowly, untrained colt that was assigned to accomplish Your mission. In the same way, where You have need, enable us to do Your will while lifting Your name on high, so that others may be drawn to Yourself. In Jesus' holy name, we pray. Amen.

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Lori Ciccanti <dlalsina@mchsi.com>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great questions and application, Lori.


    A wonderful Palm Sunday message. Thank you.


    Thank you, Lori, for this inspiring and unusual look at this event.


    What a beautiful reflection Lori, from perspective I never picked up on before!
    Blessings.


    I’ve always liked this donkey! So many lessons. The insignificant? Not in God’s eyes! Thanks for this reading.


    Thank you, Lori, for a very insightful message about Palm Sunday. I will be forwarding it to my daughters.
    Blessings.


    Dear Lori – thank you for this thought-provoking devotional. I love when I am challenged to look at a familiar story from different angles. God bless your continued writing.


    Lori, the minister at our church preached about the donkey, too. Thanks for sharing this devotional perspective with us. Have a blessed and safe upcoming Holy Week. Blessings.


    Good afternoon Lori
    What a good devotional about the Donkey, set aside for the very purpose of carrying the Lord into the Holy city.
    Blessings.


    Hello Lori,
    Thank you for this devotional today. You have made some very interesting points and so true that the donkey colt had a very vital part in what became “Palm Sunday” then, and in our lives today. Blessings for your thoughtful writing.


    Good Morning Lori
    Wow, thank you for opening my eyes to this… never thought about the donkey like that before.
    I was just impressed there was a donkey exactly where Jesus told them to go and get.
    Have a blessed Easter!!


    I have missed you!! Your devotional was spot-on. I had never thought of the donkey as part of God’s plan, and so happy you pointed this out to us!! Where God is concerned, there is no accidental meetings!!
    I am 86 now and thank God every morning and every evening for allowing me this long life!! God is Love!!!


    It’s the humility symbolized by the colt. Normally then a king would enter a city astride a mighty warhorse symbolic of power. But here’s Christ astride this smaller animal…. his feet may have almost touched the ground…. a very different form of kingship.
    Thanks for stimulating thinking.
    Blessings.


    Thanks, Lori, for a different perspective on old stories. Love to you.


    Great devotional Lori!
    Blessings.


    Dear Lori,
    Thank you so much for the devotion. We go through this week with heads bowed, thanking God that Jesus is Risen.


    Lori, What a creative idea! One thing I noticed. The donkey had never been ridden. Yet something was thrown over it (at the moment can’t recall what) and Jesus got right on with no protest from the donkey.
    Have a blessed Easter.

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