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Summary: Learning valuable life lessons from the service of the donkey during Jesus’ triumphal entry.

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I Wish I Was A Donkey

Matthew 21:1-11

Today we are going to take a little different look at Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem. To begin with, let’s take a look at those who were present.

1. Jesus

2. The Disciples

3. The crowd

4. The Donkey

Today I want to take a look at the importance of the donkey and put forth some truths that apply to us.

First of all we find that Jesus had a plan for the donkey. In our lives He has a plan for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11). His plan for us is that we enter into a relationship of grace with God the Father

(John 3:16-17; Romans 10:4).

The second thing we need to realize is that the donkey was chosen to fulfill that plan. God’s word tells us that we too have been chosen to fulfill God’s plan (John 15:16). We are chosen that we might be used for His purposes (Ephesians 2:10).

The donkey was given new clothes. Garments were placed upon the donkey that Jesus might take His place upon the donkey. When we come to Christ we receive new garments of life. The Bible tells us that we are clothed in Christ (Galatians 3:27 NIV).

We see that the donkey went where He was led. To be a part of the plan, the donkey had to go where he was led. God does not always give us the route or even the destination...we must show our love by following obediently (Genesis 22:2).

To me the greatest point is that the donkey’s position made Jesus more visible. The donkey’s position of service made Jesus visible to the crowd. When we humble ourselves, Christ becomes more visible to others. Jesus did not choose the proud, prancing mare. Nothing about the donkey took away from Jesus. Because Jesus was visible, a crowd was drawn. Jesus told us that when the Son of Man is lifted up He will

draw all men unto Him.

When we allow Jesus to be more visible in our lives we will see the responses of the people in this account. The crowd questioned, Who is that on the donkey? When we allow Jesus to be glorified in our lives people will talk and want to know more. When we live our lives in humble service Jesus will be glorified. Too me one of the greatest truths is realizing that of all the perspectives available, the donkey was the only other perspective that got to see experience the glory of Christ firsthand. When we are where Jesus is, His glory will overflow our lives.

To live as a donkey, you must recognize that God is requesting your presence, so that you might be used of Him. His plan for you is that you would let Him be

Lord of your life. Daily clothe yourself in the fullness of Christ. Allow the Spirit to lead you and follow obediently. Humble yourself that others may see the Jesus more clearly and serve faithfully that Christ might be glorified.


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