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Whenever a city was conquered in the ancient world, the type of animal the victorious king would ride as he entered a defeated town would make all the difference in the world to the people. If he was seated on a horse, the city was doomed; it was a sign that he had come in war, riding his “warhorse.” If he was riding a donkey everyone would breathe a sigh of relief because this was a sign that he was coming in peace. Riding a donkey is a sign of peace. The king has not come to conquer but to forgive, so don’t be afraid.

Romans 5:1 - “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God (We are no longer God’s enemies!) through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 5:10 - “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Source: The Parable of Joy by Michael Card

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