Equipped to Enter

Somewhere between 518-520 AD one of God’s Prophet’s where given a specific Word from  Him.  Here it is:

[9] Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he,

humble and mounted on a donkey,on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

(Zechariah 9:9 ESV)

Then one day Jesus stood on the Mt. of Olives looking towards Jerusalem (here is a similar view today).  

He was ready to enter on this Sabbath day.  It would be the week of His Passion, His Sacrifice, His Cross.  Yet, He didn’t enter just yet.  From that vantage point, He waited.  Read our week’s Bible Text and see what He did:

[1] Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus(1) sent two of his disciples [2] and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. [3] If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” [4] And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. [5] And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” [6] And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. [7] And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. [8] And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. [9] And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! [10] Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11:1-10 ESV)

To get our week started, simply consider that Jesus waited on that Mount that day until He was fully 'equipped to enter’…

Now to our eyes, He might have seemed ready.  He could have just walked on into Jerusalem.  Yet, He knew that something was missing.  Something that would grow our faith.  Something that would be an example for us.  Something that would confirm what He had said - that He is God The Son!  

That something missing was a fulfillment of that obscure prophecy in Zechariah.  Our faith could grow when we see Him fulfill yet another prophetic promise.  The example of Jesus riding a lowly donkey (representing peace) would teach us about humility.

Do we wait to be equipped before we enter in…or do we barge in?  I know I can be a ‘barger’…let us pray for guidance in this area so we never enter a situation where we are not equipped to do exactly what God would have us do!