April 3, 2023

Matthew 21:2, 3 Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You’ll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you’re doing, say, ‘The Master needs them!’ He will send them with you.” (The Message Bible)

Some people think the phrase “The Master needs them” was sort of a password Jesus had previously arranged with the owners of donkeys. Maybe so. This would indicate that Jesus had planned the Palm Sunday event, that it was part of what he expected would happen all along. But it might also stand in contrast to the disciples who in just a few days would all desert Jesus when the soldiers came for him. While they turned away, maybe the owners of the donkeys were committed to giving Jesus whatever was required whenever it was required. This then would be a picture of discipleship that has all things at The Master’s disposal, always at the ready for his service. The Christian principle of stewardship is that all we have is God’s and is given to us to care for and use as God directs. Are you more like the donkeys’ owner or the disciples? 


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