Palm Sunday, which celebrates Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem, begins what we call “Holy Week.” Starting at the Mount of Olives, Jesus begins the day with a powerful statement that has slipped by me for years – Jesus had need of a donkey.
Needs. A little word, everyone has them and we spend most of our lives working to take care of them. We confuse needs and wants, they really are quite different and we must separate the two. But to need something so that you can continue in life and business that is an important item. Recently my wife read a short article by Bishop Fulton Sheen on how Jesus had “needs.” That should have been no big deal, after all, he was human but that need was a donkey. It was a necessity that He had to have that young donkey, not its mother but the colt. I know that Jesus had a small group of women that supplied His needs in Galilee (Mark 15: 41) but somehow you never seem to think about Jesus having needs and that a human would take care of them. The Greek word for needs in the story of Palm Sunday with the ride into Jerusalem is chreia (Strong’s 5532) and it implies employment, demand, necessity, business, and needs.
I am sure that Jesus was used to walking and probably had walked many miles to just get to the Mount of Olives. So when He asked two disciples to go get a donkey they had to think it was strange and then He said it was a need. In Isaiah 62: 11 the prophecy says that the king was to come into Zion riding a colt so Jesus knew that the donkey was a necessity. (I like to think the house they went to belonged to Mary and Martha.) For Jesus to fulfill His supernatural destiny He had to borrow that donkey.
- We will have needs just like Jesus so we can fulfill our destiny.
- God may use people to help supply our needs.
- We may not recognize our needs but it could be something as simple as a borrowed donkey.
- God knows what your needs are and has already positioned them for you to find and use.
See the rest of Holy Week 2014
- Monday – Jesus was Hungry
- Tuesday – Jesus Saw
- Wednesday – Jesus Received Something Beautiful
- Thursday – Jesus Eagerly Desired
- Friday – Jesus Asked for a Drink
- Saturday – Jesus Preached
- Sunday – Jesus Returned
Palm Sunday references are Matthew 21: 12-17, Mark 11: 1-11, Luke 19: 29-44, John12: 12-19. http://clipart.christiansunite.com/1394966461/Easter_Clipart/Palm_Sunday_Clipart/Palm_Sunday001.jpg