Mark – The Facts.
There are times that the Holy Spirit leads us to do or say something important. We either quickly obey, drag our feet then obey, or do it…our way. Which one of these responses work out for the best? Which one give us the most peace? I am struck by the words, “The disciples replied exactly as Jesus had instructed them…” in our very familiar passage today.
Because they did exactly as Jesus said, the colt was acquired easily from those who owned it. Scripture was fulfilled. The entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a colt instead of a mighty, beautiful, royal steed proclaimed the humility as our servant King. He rode into the city of the Temple of God with crowds shouting Hosannas of praise only to end with willingly laying down His life for us.
Think about how life would be much more calm and peaceful, no matter what the situation, if we would listen to the Holy Spirit, Who is part of the Jesus and God, the Father and do EXACTLY as He says. Mm.
I wonder what the disciples thought as they ran the errand for the colt. Were they surprised at the people’s response who gave the colt willingly? Jesus’ popularity had grown exponentially at this point in time. Maybe it was an honor to loan Jesus the colt! Either way, doing exactly what Jesus said to do is a lesson for all us. Doing exactly what Jesus says today is a life-changer.
Mark 11, The Message
Entering Jerusalem on a Colt
11 1-3 When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘The Master needs him, and will return him right away.’”
4-7 They went and found a colt tied to a door at the street corner and untied it. Some of those standing there said, “What are you doing untying that colt?” The disciples replied exactly as Jesus had instructed them, and the people let them alone. They brought the colt to Jesus, spread their coats on it, and he mounted.
8-10 The people gave him a wonderful welcome, some throwing their coats on the street, others spreading out rushes they had cut in the fields. Running ahead and following after, they were calling out,
Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!
Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David!
Hosanna in highest heaven!
11 He entered Jerusalem, then entered the Temple. He looked around, taking it all in. But by now it was late, so he went back to Bethany with the Twelve.
–When the Holy Spirit prompts us to do or say something, what is our first response?
–Do we think we should change the words of the message God has give to us, thinking it might go down easier?
–How important is it to say or do EXACTLY what God has given us by His Holy Spirit?
–How do we know it is God directing us? Does it follow His Word? Will it be helpful to someone? Is it said in the Spirit of love and truth?
–Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey.
–The Holy Spirit will lead if we let Him. He will tell us the right people to go to at the right time and place. Obedience is life altering. Obedience is our triumph!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Worldly voices shout, but You are the Only Voice we trust and obey. Help us to hear your whisper among the shouts of others and discern the difference between Your Voice and evil. Use us to help and encourage. Help us to say exactly what you give us to say, nothing more, nothing less. Keep us from causing pain to anyone.
In Jesus Name, Amen