Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” At first his disciples did not understand all this. -John 12:14-16 NRSV
Images of Palm Sunday come alive with shouts of Hosanna as Jesus arrives in Jerusalem. But unlike powerful leaders before him, Jesus enters on a humble donkey and not a powerful steed. I think that the imagery could not be more accurate yet so unlike what his followers were wanting. Most were wanting a powerful Zealot and not a humble Messiah.
This image centers me. It is such an unwanted reality check. Knowing that Jesus would be slain within a week of his entrance sobers me. I really do not want that man on the donkey to lead me. In truth, I want that powerful Zealot. I want to gallop on a horse and not amble on a donkey. Jesus brings me back to reality and shows me what humility is all about.
Help me today Lord to humble myself, pick up my cross and follow you.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.