Jesus, a donkey and His Father…
This is a topic some of my fellow bloggers are tackling, so I thought I’d have a go myself.
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The other bloggers are…
Jesus’ “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday mustn’t have looked so triumphant. He wasn’t a warrior king riding a stallion and leading an army to kick out the Romans. He was an itinerant preacher, a carpenter by trade so they said, leading a ragtag band of fishermen and ex tax collectors.
The very crowds who shouted “hosanna” were likely looking for that liberator from the Romans. They were probably the very ones who cried for Him to be crucified in their disillusionment, just days later.
Jesus, with hindsight, must have looked like a lamb to the slaughter that first Palm Sunday. But if that day a lamb rode a donkey, a day is coming when a lion rides a white horse.
Jesus will return as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He will return as a Rider on a white horse. If that first time was as Saviour, next time will be as Judge.
I think an understanding of Christ’s return gives us a better understanding of the role of His Father in the saga. If we only knew of Christ’s first advent, we might think He was a helpless pawn in the Father’s purposes. But when we consider Christ’s return, we see that this is an equal, go-eternal partnership in which the Father, the Son, and indeed the Holy Spirit work together for the salvation of His people and the judgement of the world.
Don’t just see a lamb to the slaughter, see the conquering Lion. Find forgiveness in the Lamb and glory in the Lion of the tribe of Judah.