Despite the stereotype we give donkeys, they are actually quite intelligent hard workers with exceptional memories. They remember good and bad experiences well for many years to come, and they prioritize their behavior based on survival. Therefore, they are not always seen as the most obedient animal because of their stubbornness, but deep down, they know that you could be leading them into a bad situation that they do not care for.
During Bible times, horses were seen as symbols of war while donkeys were often used to take peace treaties, symbols of service, to show hopes for salvation. The donkey has often shown up in our nativity scenes and Bible stories on Christmas as Joseph and Mary’s mode of transportation to Bethlehem. However, it is never stated in the scripture. We are not really sure HOW they got there, but it could have been by foot, a camel, or a donkey.
However, God did show us multiple times that He would take something lowly, common, and unacceptable to a king, and use it for His glory. So, whether or not a donkey was a part of the birth story, it most definitely was a part of Jesus’ story when he arrived to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Crowds were there to greet Him as their king, but yet, instead of arriving on a war horse, He arrived on a donkey demonstrating that He came for peace, redemption, and salvation.
These were a sign that fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice with all your heart, people of Zion! Shout in triumph, people of Jerusalem! Look! Your King is coming to you: He is righteous and victorious. He is humble and rides on a donkey, on a colt…”
SEE GOD AROUND YOU
Peace is something we all desire, but it is not something that we often achieve. Many times, it is because we busy our minds with things of this world, and do not focus on the grand plan that the Lord has set out before us. Sometimes we need to refocus on the peace Jesus has brought to us through His redemptive salvation.
Go outside with a journal and pencil and find a quiet place to sit. Sit there in silence for 10 minutes. Pay careful attention to the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings that you notice while you are there. Write down your observations.
Praise God that “He is Here!” and that God sent His Son to this Earth to bring peace. Pray and ask Him to speak to you in the quiet times you have with Him. Ask Him to bring you peace instead of chaos and to focus on what He has truly come to do here on this Earth- save His people and draw others close to Him. How has He called you to help Him deliver this message of peace to others?