The Jesus Donkey
Just before Easter we had some listeners invite us to their family farm. I had previously told them that my wife and I were homeschooling and so they thought it would be a fun field trip for the girls — which it was!
They rolled out the red carpet for us and even had a farm fact sheet printed out for the girls. First on the itinerary was breakfast which consisted of pig in the blanket sausages and cinnamon rolls. Next, they took us to their fields of red clover which was at peak bloom. We snapped a few photos of the girls standing in the waste high (to them) clover. After that we took a golf cart ride through the cow pasture.
Most of the cattle were black angus with a few jersey cows. In a lower field they had a few donkeys which the girls fed with some left over bread. One of the donkeys had the markings of a cross on its shoulder and our friends referred to it as a Jesus Donkey. The donkeys were quite nervous and I was warned not to get too close to them as they would deliver a pretty powerful kick.
With it being so close to Easter — and smack dab in the middle of “Passion Week” — the story of the “Jesus Donkey” and its skiddish nature to strangers revealed to me a hidden miracle of Jesus’ day.
“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” Matthew 21:5
Here-in is the miracle — Jesus riding on a colt that had never been ridden. And moreover, the donkey’s mother paying no never-mind. I couldn’t even get close enough to feed these tame donkeys without the threat of getting a powerful and injurous kick, and here is Jesus, the King of the Universe riding an unbroken donkey’s colt — that donkey knew who he was carrying, don’t doubt that!
And just think about it, the donkey knew, but God’s own people failed to recognize Jesus! For it was later that week that his own people crucified him on the cross. I pray that today God’s people will be as smart as that donkey in the gospels. May we recognize our Saviour for who he truly is!
Just a quick lesson I learned on a farm tour one morning.