WHY IT IS GOOD TO BE AN ASS: LIFE LESSONS FROM THE PALM SUNDAY DONKEY
Happy Palm Sunday!
Today, centuries of years ago, Jesus triumphantly rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. And since then, Christians all over the world have been celebrating this day as Palm Sunday.
It is called Palm Sunday because the people were so happy to see Jesus riding in, they took branches from the Palm and Olive Trees that lined the road. They waved them in the air shouting ‘Hosanna’ (which means ‘God Saves’ in Hebrew) and put some of them on the road to make it easier for the donkey to walk on the rocky road.
But why a donkey?
Of all the other animals used for riding, why did Jesus pick a donkey? Why didn’t he ride in on that fateful Palm Sunday on a horse? Or a camel? Or even a chariot?
Why a donkey?
Here are life lessons we could learn from the donkey and why it was chosen.
1. Our life on earth is predestined:
One key lesson on humility is that the donkey didn’t choose to be the one chosen by Jesus. The triumphant entry on a donkey was to fulfill parts of the prophecy said about Jesus in the old testament.
The prophet Zechariah wrote: “Behold, your king comes to you, triumphant and victorious. He is humble and riding on an ass, on a colt the foal of an ass.” (Zech 9:9)
It had already been prophesied years before.
In the same way, God has already predestined great and wonderful things for us.
2. Greatness is in our DNA
Donkeys have always been special throughout the bible.
First of all, A donkey is the only animal in the bible to have ever talked. (Numbers 22:21-34)
The only animal in the whole of history to have carried out a conversation with a human being.
Another unique thing about being an ass is that, under the law of Moses, the firstborn of cattle and sheep were offered to God, but a donkey could be redeemed with the sacrifice of a lamb (Exodus 34:19-20). This is a type or symbol of redemption through Jesus, who is the Lamb of God (John 1:35-37).
So being born a donkey means it already has pretty cool genes flowing in its blood.
The Same way being a born again Christian means you are now born of God.
And whosoever is born of God overcomes the world.
You are born an overcomer.
Greatness is in your DNA.
3. Be peaceful
During that era, donkeys were a symbol of industry, peace and at times, wealth, while, horses were the sign of wealth, war, power and the strength of a military force.
Leaders rode horses if they rode to war, but donkeys if they came in peace.
Jesus rode into Jerusalem that Palm Sunday on a donkey as a sign of the peace He was bringing to the world.
As Christians, we should bring peace to any situation we find ourselves in.
Having a peaceful temperament is the only way God can work in and through you to bring peace to the world.
4. Live a life of service
Donkeys are considered reliable helpers, surefooted on mountain terrain, physically hardy in harsh environments and very strong burden carriers.
They are used as a means of transportation, for grinding grain, plowing fields, carrying a heavy load, etc. Overall they are generally very versatile and helpful.
We need to have a heart of service in order for God to be able to use us for His glory.
It is good to be an ass.
Like the Palm Sunday donkey, your life has been predestined by God and you are born for greatness.
So stay peaceful and live a life of service.