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Sitting on a Donkey

April 3, 2012


It was on Palm Sunday that a prophet on a donkey was hailed like a king. Thousands were lined in the streets of Jerusalem, pulling palm branches from the trees, waiving. A great symbol of royalty, for a man on a donkey. The people of Jerusalem were hailing Jesus as our savior, “Hosanna!”, they exclaimed, “Save us!”.

I wonder what Jesus was thinking the day before Palm Sunday, as a man, as a Godly human. There had to be a moment that God the Son thought to himself, “If I do this, I will die. I know the prophecy 500 years ago in Zechariah, if I get on this donkey and ride into Jerusalem, it will be my death.”.

And he wept.


He wept because he knew what we don’t, he knew the peace that is ours in the violence that would be His. He knew what would become. Weeping over broken people, while sitting on a donkey. Weeping for what was, is, and would be. Weeping for this broken world. On his way to make it right, for us, for you and for me right now.

A God full of mercy, love, honor, and GRACE. Always full of grace.

Just a few days later…
The crowd goes from waiving palm to waiving nail; just Palm Sunday to Good Friday; from “Hosanna” to “crucify Him!”. Those same people praising Jesus were now ready to see him die on the cross.

So he carried the cross for mere humanity, to overcome the three things we cannot – death, sin, and evil. Nail those to the cross…

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2012 12:08 pm

    Such a great post about such a great topic! Thank you for posting!

  2. April 3, 2012 2:51 pm

    Sometimes I wonder if the reason people don’t want to accept Jesus and His role in their life is because they would need to admit that there is something they cannot change or control.

    • April 3, 2012 3:09 pm

      Absolutely, Nona! I have struggled with this my whole life 🙂 ha!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. Joann permalink
    April 3, 2012 3:01 pm

    Such a beautiful post!

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