Summary: There are three things Jesus borrowed. He definitely returned them in better condition!
Things Jesus Borrowed
We all have a responsibility when borrowing items from others. Proverbs 22:7 “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” I want you to think about the contents of your house, garage, attic, or basement. Is there anything borrowed. Do you have anything that belongs to another? Wonder if they have forgot about it too, or are they waiting for you to return their property.
How do you feel when someone asks to borrow from you? O brother. The reason that we feel that way is because people just don’t take care of other people’s property. I long for the day that I wont have to borrow things from people to get my job done. I looked and found a promise from God. Deut 28:12,13.
The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
Now just for sermon’s sake lets look at three times Jesus borrowed.
Loaves and fishes.
This miracle was recorded in all 4 gospels. The disciples were busy taking inventory of their own supplies 5 loaves, 2 fishes, and a little money. They looked at the time and the place and their conclusion was “Lord, send them away.”
Isn’t this situation just like so many of ours? For some reason it is never the right time, right place for God to work. While they wanted to give up, Jesus was getting ready to give out. Not only did Jesus provide for the 5,000, but also taught a lesson in faith and surrender.
1. start with what you have.
2. give what you have to Jesus
3. Obey what He commands.
As His servants, we are distributors, not manufacturers. If we give what we have to Him, He will bless it, give it back, and others will benefit.
Jesus is still having compassion on the hungry multitude. He still says to the church – give them something to eat. How easy it is for us to just send them away. Use excuses – not enough resources. All Jesus wants is all of what we have. Let Him bless, break, and give to this world. A hungry world is feeding on empty substitutes while we neglect to give them the Bread of Life. When Jesus borrows from us, everyone benefits.
Looking at the description of the colt, where he was tied, and how he was used for Jesus reminds me a lot about you and I
1. And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
While lost I was tied. Sin traps and binds. As a sinner you have no control of your actions. You are not your own boss. You are close to a door. Jesus said I am the way, the truth, the light. No man cometh to the Father but by Me.
For the sinner there is a door, it is close. They are in a place where 2 ways meet. The world is so glamorous, so attractive, so deceiving. Jesus’ door is plain. Undecorated. Rugged. At times I feel such a strong pull from the world.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
I am at times stubborn as a mule; my choice loosed me from that place of decision. When people asked what happened to you – I could say Jesus had need of me.
Look where Jesus took this colt. A downtown parade. Hosanna to the king. This world has lots of promises, but only Jesus delivers. Delivers from that place of indecision. Delivers from that bond of sin. When Jesus borrowed the colt – the colt won.
Joseph was a rich Jew. He had this tomb prepared for Jesus. When he took Jesus from the cross he defiled himself. He touched a dead body. He was to leave the city until he was clean again. He missed out on the greatest feast – the Passover.
The celebration of deliverance from Pharaoh and Egypt. This Hebrew had gone against the law he lived by. While the disciples forgot Jesus’ promise to return in 3 days, the Pharisees remembered.