Believe: Christmas Devotions
Day 7: King of the World
Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9
In our world today, it may be hard to find leaders who would step foot inside a barn let alone ride a donkey into a convention. Usually what we see today is a convoy of luxury security vehicles escorting them to their destination. It is easy to see that whoever is in the vehicle holds a high position and is important. People today would probably think a leader riding on a donkey was crazy and they would have a hard time taking them seriously. Can you even begin to imagine the headlines in the newspaper or the SNL skits that would follow something so unusual? You may think who in their right mind would deny the opportunity to enjoy the expensive rides and the attention that their high position would afford them? It’s a tough choice between a donkey or an Escalade.
It may be a tough choice for us but it wasn’t a tough choice for Jesus. Jesus chose the donkey and he would choose the donkey again today because he came into the world for the everyday people. He came into the world for the poor, the needy and the helpless, the widow and the fatherless. Jesus did not spend his life serving the wealthy or religious people and he did not parade into Jerusalem on a chariot surrounded by an entourage of angels. Jesus said he was for the needy so he made himself known among them. Jesus, King of the World, humbled himself to a low position in society to give hope to those who have none. He came to lead people to the truth that God loves them and wants their weary souls to have his peace and his rest despite their circumstances. People believed in Jesus so much that they lined the streets with their cloaks and palm branches and sang to him while he was riding on a donkey. Jesus is the same humble King today that he was thousands of years ago in Jerusalem. He cares for you and your needs. Jesus wants nothing more than for you to follow him and allow him to give you his love and peace this Christmas season.
Matthew 21: 1-11, Psalm 67:1-2