Day 3 I Saturday April 13, 2019
Today, Jesus begins His journey from Bethany into Jerusalem. He knows this will be His final week before the most intense period of His life. Imagine the emotions He was feeling. Take time to put yourself in His path, not His position but in His path. Do you think you would have noticed His pain? Do you think you would have taken time to stop Him and offer a word of encouragement? One of the hardest things for me to imagine is the feeling of loneliness Jesus felt during His hardest time.
In order to get to the city, Jesus needed transportation. This was not necessary for Him because of fatigue, but in order to fulfill prophecy, “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” ( Zechariah 9:9 NIV) Jesus sent two of His disciples into Bethany where they would find a donkey and a colt tied up. He told them when they find them, just untie them and take them! Wait, did Jesus just ask His disciples to do something completely outrageous? If Jesus had given that command to most any of us, we would have scratched our heads and debated the reasoning behind it.
Here’s my question for today, how often has Jesus asked you to do something that you considered to be outrageous, and instead of being obedient to His call, you ignored Him? Many of the things that we are asked, or feel led, to accomplish for the Lord can seem a little outlandish, but that does not lessen the purpose behind Him sending. What has been obvious to me in the past is that the most unique callings I have are often the most rewarding experiences. Many times, Jesus sends us in an area we do not understand, to meet a need we did not know about. Throughout our day we interact with hundreds of people, and in most instances we do not know what troubles they are facing. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, WHICH GOD PREPARED IN ADVANCE FOR US TO DO.” Ask yourself, how many “good works” has Christ prepared for me to do that I have missed because I thought what He was asking was outlandish?