Mark 11: 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
The first day of the week was a special day for the Jews. Jesus had entered Jerusalem many times. He went to the festivals each year. Believers and non-believers were there. People were healed and touched. Many came to him and were made believers. I’m glad for the privilege to be a believer. It took a lot of convincing, but He broke through my shell and I believed. If you’re not saved you should be sad that you’ve not accepted him.
This time Jesus rode a donkey into town. It was the beginning of Passover. Every person had to set aside a lamb for the Passover. He would be the lamb whose blood would be shed in faith of the coming Messiah. I’m glad to know Jesus is in my heart directing my steps. This time there were many people in the way. When he topped the hill at Olivet he was on a donkey. It was Jesus’ choice to come. He knew what would happen.
Something better was laid out as the men, women and children laid out their garments. What can you reach into your heart and soul to give to the Master? He went all the way for us. In the garden he prayed for us. At Pilate’s hall people yelled “crucify him!” He could have stopped then but he didn’t. Even while we were sinners Christ died for us. I’m glad Jesus died for this old sinner.
He could have ridden a stallion decked out in gold, but he chose a little donkey, a beast of burden, and would later bear our burdens. As Jesus prepared to sit on the donkey the disciples took off their outer garments. The weather would have been chilly in the spring of the year. One after one they all took them off. The more you give, the more others will be helped. Others saw what the disciples were doing and began to take their garments off as well. When your garment is surrendered to the Master it makes him happy. He was headed to the cross and suffering for us. The least we can do is spread our garments for him.
There was no red carpet for Jesus. Something better was laid out as the men, women and children laid out their garments. What can you reach into your heart and soul to give to the Master? He went all the way for us. In the garden he prayed for us. At Pilate’s hall people yelled “crucify him!” He could have stopped then but he didn’t. Even while we were sinners Christ died for us. I’m glad Jesus died for this old sinner.
If you look hard enough you’ll find something to surrender to Jesus. They were willing to shiver in the cool morning for him. Are you willing to shiver a little? Willing to be in the hot seat? If he rode a donkey for me, the least I can do is shed something for him. They had the approval of the Master in this act. He was thankful for what they gave. He knew their coats would get dirty and torn but they did it for him.
This Easter I want to do something for Jesus. When you surrender it to the Master it will be all right. What will you surrender to the Master?