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The Divine Rider

The Lord Jesus, near the end of His earthly days, needed a donkey. Why? To fulfil the prophesy of Zechariah 9:9, "See, your King comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding a donkey." How was He going to get a donkey? Three of the Gospel writers tell us that two disciples were sent to get one. Which two? Peter and John? James and Thomas? Andrew and Matthew? Perhaps Philip, whose name means "lover of horses", was one of the two disciples whom the Lord sent. How simple is Matthew's account of what happened! "The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them" (Mat. 21:6). What a privilege to carry out instructions given by the Lord Jesus Christ! Clear instructions are given in Matthew 28:19-20 to all in churches of God. These instructions, known as the Great Commission, are given by the One to whom "all authority in heaven and on earth" has been granted. "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always". May we today be as willing to obey the Lord as those two unnamed disciples. May it be true of us that we "did as Jesus had instructed".

Back came the two disciples from the village and with them the untied donkey which no one had ever ridden. But its Rider was waiting, and this donkey found itself under the control of friendly but firm hands, hands soon to be pierced on Calvary. Unknown up to now, it was about to become the most famous donkey in history - even more famous than the one we read about in Numbers 22. Balaam's donkey was able to speak, argue and count but this donkey had a precious load, the Creator Himself, the Lord from heaven. Thus the lowly Redeemer, the gentle King, "righteous and having salvation", travelled from the mount of Olives into the city of Jerusalem - to die.

The Saviour knew that another prophecy by Zechariah would soon be fulfilled. "Awake, 0 sword, against My Shepherd... Strike the Shepherd" (Zechariah 13:7). "Hosanna" would change to "Crucify!" As the willing feet of the donkey carried its heavenly Rider into the city, He looked ahead to the Cross where the good Shepherd would face the sword of God, to be "smitten and afflicted" by God. Ride on, little donkey, over the cloaks and branches on the road - the road that leads eventually to Calvary.

(All scriptures are taken from the N.I.V.)