Summary: Jesus Has Told His Disciples To Go Into Town And Bring A Mother Donkey and her colt. Jesus would only be sitting upon the colt. Why did He ask for the Mother Donkey to come along? Let¡¦s see the reasons on this Mother¡¦s Day.
EVEN A DONKEY KNOWS WHAT A MOTHER SHOULD DO
Matthew 21:1-11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, ¡§Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.¡¨ 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 ¡§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.¡¦¡¨ 6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ¡§Hosanna to the Son of David!¡¨ ¡§Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!¡¨ ¡§Hosanna in the highest heaven!¡¨ 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, ¡§Who is this?¡¨ 11 The crowds answered, ¡§This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.¡¨
This is Palm Sunday Message ¡V Not For A Mother¡¦s Day Message? Let¡¦s See.
Today, There Is The Breakdown Of The Family: Increase divorces, more single moms. Many unmarried relationships waiting and hoping that the man will propose. Increased family mobility from city to city due to jobs leading to loneliness for children when they relocate. There is increased need for education for the female. Due to globalization, more parents travel far as part of their work, and that puts pressure on togetherness and raising of children. In major cities in America, there is the high cost of living. The gays and lesbians have come out of the closets and are now sitting on pulpits, in classrooms and in our councils. There is more incest in families than ever before. Children, mothers and some men are abused in homes, communities and in churches violently and sexually. Many kids go to bed each night without proper beds, food, clothing or shelter. Many kids raise themselves. The streets are unsafe ¡V gangs, prostitutions, etc. Unfaithfulness of spouses. Kids¡¦ involvement in early sexual practices. Drunkenness, drug addiction, crimes, etc. Our society needs donkey mothers whom their children will follow all the way to Jesus.
Our Text Is recorded In The 4 Gospels & Prophesized in Zechariah & Isaiah. Mark and Luke say it was a colt. John says it was a colt, but a female. Only Matthew speaks of the mother being present. Donkey is mentioned in the Bible 142 times. A donkey or an ass is all the same beast. Jackass is the name for a male ass; jennet is the name for a female ass. The donkey is a member of the horse family. Donkeys are well known for being extremely stubborn, especially when they are asked to do things which are dangerous, but these animals are also very gentle and incredibly dependable. They travel diverse terrain which would be too rough for horses. They are found all over the world. The donkey has several advantages over the horse. They are incredibly strong and carry as much as 40% of their body weight. They are also easy keepers, requiring minimal food and capable of digesting almost anything edible. They are very patient and trusting with people they know. The Democrats use the donkey as a party symbol - humble, homely, smart, courageous and loveable. The Republicans, who use the elephant as a symbol, think the donkey is stubborn, silly and ridiculous. The Democrats think of the elephant as bungling, stupid, pompous and conservative - but the Republicans think it is dignified, strong and intelligent. Notice This: The donkey carried Mary, while pregnant with Jesus, to Bethlehem. Now we see it about to carry Jesus for his final journey to Calvary.
Jesus Has Told His Disciples To Go Into Town And Bring To Him A Mother Donkey and her colt. If anyone should ask them, ¡§Why are they taking them?¡¨ They were to respond, ¡§Because the Lord hath need of them.¡¨ Now Jesus would only be sitting upon the colt. Why did Jesus ask for the Mother Donkey to come along? I apologize for using Mothers & Donkey in the same line but here are some points:
1. A Real Mother Cannot Be Loose In Behavior (Matthew 21:2). Notice that it was the mother donkey that was tied up. When you are a mother, you tie your emotions. If a mother is bearing the daily responsibility of being a mother, her children will be free to be children. The colt would freely choose to stay at the side of his mother. Sadly, some children are tied while the parents are loose.