A Colt: A Young Horse, Donkey…Child

June 30, 2011

“Your king is coming! A good king who makes all things right, a humble king riding a donkey, a mere colt of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9 (The Message)

Once again, a prophet was correct—Jesus did ride into Jerusalem (on the day we now call Palm Sunday), on a colt of a donkey. I always thought colt was a young horse, so I checked Webster’s Dictionary, which said, “a colt is a young horse, donkey…or a young inexperienced person.” Jesus was anything but a young inexperienced person. He packed a lot of life into 33 years, and I can’t imagine him being frisky or stubborn as a young horse or donkey.

Perhaps Jesus’ entry into the city of Jerusalem on a young donkey was part of the drama of Holy Week. Try to picture in your mind trying to ride an unbroken horse or donkey! Jesus could even calm a colt! The colt donkey symbolized Jesus’ lack of ego and the first of the humbling acts Jesus would experience on his journey to the cross.

Dear God, let us remember the scene of Jesus entering Jerusalem on the back of a colt and be humbled every day by his presence in our lives. Amen

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