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Posted: Wednesday 5 April, 2017 at 10:55 AM

The Lord hath need of him

By: Bertram Charles

    Scripture: Luke19: Verse 34 

     

    Palm Sunday is the first day of Holy Week.  It is the Sunday before Easter. Palm Sunday celebrates the account of Jesus Christ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. 

    Jesus and his disciples came to Bethpage and Bethany, two tracts of land that reached to the Mount of Olives which lead to Jerusalem. As Jesus was nearing the city, he sent two of his disciples to go into the village where they would find a colt tied, whereon never a man sat. He charged his disciples to untie the colt and bring it to him.  

    Jesus knew the owners of the colt would ask the below question and he prepared them for the answer.  

    Jesus instructed them that “If any man ask you why do you loose the colt, say to them that the Lord hath need of the colt.” The disciples did not query Jesus about their charge to bring the colt to him. They had Faith in Jesus. They had learned that “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. He made all things and without him was not any thing made that was made. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth.” (John 1: ) 

    The two disciples obeyed the instruction Jesus gave them. They were obedient. They went to the village as Jesus directed them. They did as Jesus ordered: they found the colt and untied it. Through their Faith and Obedience of the two disciples in carrying out the directive of Jesus, the prophecy of Zechariah was fulfilled.  “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”  (Zech. 9: 9 )  

    The disciples were moved by the shining glory of God and used their garments as a cushion instead of saddles and trappings so that Jesus may sit on the colt, not bare back to be uncomfortable but for Jesus to ride with ease, comfort and decency with a cushion.  

    The glory of the divine presence  of God also moved the multitude, made up of the beneficiaries of Jesus’ miracles to spread their garments in the way; others cut down palm branches and strewed them in the way shouting: “Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. It was a triumphal march, a march of victory.

    The Lord has need of us to have faith, to obey Him and to carry out His command.
     
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