“Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” (Mt 21:1-3)
This is the story of a little female donkey and her colt. She is just an ordinary animal but interestingly, her story is part of the Word of God. She was a mother. She was ‘tied by the door without in a place where two ways met’ (Mk 11:4, KJ). In other words, the owner tied his donkey by the door of his house, which was in the middle of a junction. Jesus commanded His disciples: Go- Find her- Loose her and Bring her to me! And if you are asked for an explanation, simply say: “The Lord has need of them!” This is how the donkey and her baby came to Jesus. No man ever sat on this donkey before. Jesus was the first to sit on it and this is how the King entered Jerusalem according to old prophecy.
This is my story…I am that donkey. My life had no meaning until I met the Lord. I had an ordinary life until the Lord sent His servants to call me to Him. I and my children were tied by chains of sin, at the door of hell; in bondage to unbelief, fear and foolishness. I was tied down at the junction of confusion, unable to make up my mind, to trust God or not.
Then one day two men looking like angels came and said that Jesus needs me. I was surprised and afraid at the beginning. But the joy of the coming encounter suddenly sprang in my soul. The two servants of God told me the story of their Master. They said that Jesus is the most wonderful man! They said that Jesus Christ is the Lord of lords. They said that Jesus is God. That He has the power to set the captives free. That He brought back His friend Lazarus from the death. Their Gospel brought peace and joy and hope to my heart. Can Jesus love even a donkey?
In the power of His name, they loosed my chains and set me free. I could have stayed tied to sin forever if God did not have mercy on me. Jesus died to set me free. God does not need anybody, yet He said he needs me. Amazing grace…What a honor? No man sat on me. But coming to Jesus, I just knew that I have to humble myself and submit to His glory weight. I carried my King into Jerusalem. People were shouting Hosanna! Hosanna! They waved branches to the King. My baby and I heard it all! We were totally forgotten in the midst of that celebration… But for the first time I knew that being used by God, becoming nothing that my King be all in all, this is my destiny. I was born to carry my Lord into fame and praises! Little me, I lifted Jesus up that day and all men were drawn to the beauty of my Lord! This is my story! If donkeys can sing, then this is also my song!
“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” (Jn 12:32)