When Jesus and his followers approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives. Jesus gave two disciples a task, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one has ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘Its master needs it, and he will send it back right away.’” 4 They went and found a colt tied to a gate outside on the street, and they untied it. 5 Some people standing around said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 They told them just what Jesus said, and they left them alone. 7 They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes upon it, and he sat on it. 8 Many people spread out their clothes on the road while others spread branches cut from the fields. 9 Those in front of him and those following were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessings on the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest!” 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. After he looked around at everything, because it was already late in the evening, he returned to Bethany with the Twelve. (Mark 11:1-11, CEB)
I love Palm Sunday. It is different in each Gospel, some have branches and leaves, and cloaks, only 1 actually talks about waving of Palm branches, and that was to signal a military victory. But I don’t love the day because of the difference or the military victory. What I love about this week is found in Mark and Luke. These 2 gospels have the disciples going ahead and getting the donkey and when they are questioned, they are to answer, “The master has need of it.”
The only thing in all of the gospels it says that Jesus needed is a donkey. Not water or food in the wilderness. Not understanding in the temple over turning tables. Not relief hanging on the cross. The only thing Jesus ever needs is a donkey to ride on to fulfill a prophesy.
So what do you need?
Love People, Love God.