ï»¿Sermon: Go Get the Donkey
The Triumphal Entry
21Â Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage,[a]Â at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,Â 2Â saying to them,Â â€œGo into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. LooseÂ themÂ and bringÂ themÂ to Me.Â 3Â And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, â€˜The Lord has need of them,â€™ and immediately he will send them.â€
4Â All[b]Â this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:
5Â â€œTell the daughter of Zion,
â€˜Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a ...view middle of the document...
Apparently a primary word; a â€œsonâ€ (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figurative kinship: - child, foal, son.
But Iâ€™d like to think thereâ€™s another message for us here,
Proposition: If God can use a little donkey in the triumphant fulfillment of his plan then just maybe heâ€™s got a plan for me too.
Interrogative: So the question Iâ€™d like to consider with you this morning is "how does a donkey become fit for the service of the King of Kings and How can we be made useful for him too?"
Transition: There are three important things that make this donkey fit for royal service, and they are equally important for us, First the donkey is...
1. Selected a. By Pre-arrangement
vv. 1-3 As they approached Jerusalem... Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away."
Clearly Jesus has made arrangements to use this donkey ahead of time.
The point is this specific donkey had been set aside for a noble purpose. He is also selected...
b. By Prophecy
vv. 4-5 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: "Say to the Daughter of Zion, â€™See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.â€™"
Zechariah 9:9â€œRejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.
550 years earlier Zechariah had prophesied about this little donkey. God had a plan and this donkey was selected by God to play a part in His plan. And he has selected us too:
John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruitâ€”fruit that will last.
Ephesians 2:10 - For we are Godâ€™s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
We have been chosen not only for blessing but for service.
You may not be a king or even a Sunday School teacher but God knows you by name and he has a plan for you to serve him, He has prepared in advance good works for you to do.
Next, notice with me that this donkey who was selected is...
2. Sanctified b. By Preservation
Mark 11:2 you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden/sat.
Such animals in Jewish tradition often had special religious significance, because they had never been used for any worldly purpose.
We must be separated from the world also to be useful to the Lord
2 Timothy 2:21 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
Itâ€™s also necessary for us to Preserve our time and energy to use for the...