Read Matthew 21:1-11
1When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus then sent two disciples, 2telling them, “Go into the village ahead of you. At once you will find a donkey tied there with her colt. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them at once.” 4This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: 5 Tell Daughter Zion, “See, your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” 6The disciples went and did just as Jesus directed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt; then they laid their clothes on them, and he sat on them. 8A very large crowd spread their clothes on the road; others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. 9Then the crowds who went ahead of him and those who followed shouted: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven! 10When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in an uproar, saying, “Who is this?” 11The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”
So many times, we look to our earthly possessions to be what defines us. Our car, our house, our education, or the clothes we wear are made to set the standard of who others see us to be. We know Jesus sees us deeper. He sees what we were created to do, our talents, and our failures, yet He loves us just the same.
In His triumphal entry Jesus could have arrived on a large white stallion like that of a fairy tale king, but that was not the plan. He instead asked for “the colt, the foal of the beast of burden”. Jesus was preparing to take away our burden, our sin. He rode in on the animal that takes the weight and the burden off their farmer. This is exactly what Jesus does for us daily. He takes our worry and burden and carries them for us.
What burdens is Jesus carrying for you right now?
What victories are you celebrating?
What emotions do you feel knowing that Jesus has taken your burdens?