We read in Luke 19:29-48 that Jesus told two of his disciples to get a colt for him to ride into Jerusalem. This fulfills what was written in Zechariah 9:9 about the coming King. They brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt, and then put Jesus on the colt (v. 35). He rode the colt and when they came near the part of the road that goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully praising God and shouting:
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Only a king would be greeted this way and it became clear that the people believed Jesus was the Savior that God had promised. Some of the Pharisees in the crowd wanted Jesus to rebuke them because of the political situation. The Roman Empire felt threatened by this word “king” because most of the people didn’t understand what kind of king Jesus would be. They expected a great political and military leader who would free them from the tyrannical Roman Empire. They didn’t understand that the kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom within the hearts of people who put their faith and trust in God.
We now know that Jesus would be accused of blasphemy and hung on the cross to fulfill the purpose God had for Him. His knowledge of this purpose gave Him tremendous courage in the face of opposition. This attribute of Jesus should teach us that when we have a definite purpose, the direction we go in life remains steadfast from day to day and we stay the course.
This day with God will be amazing because He has given insight into our purpose in a preferred future and gives us plans to make a difference in the world in which we live. Father God, we pray that with your help today, that the pieces to a successful day in which we play our part for Your purpose falls into place. That we will get so much more done than we ever thought because of Your guidance and direction throughout this day. Amen!