(28) And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.Luke 19:28-31
(29) And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, (30) Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. (31) And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
Throughout the book of Luke we have seen Jesus’ ministry going from Galilee towards Jerusalem. As the narrative unveils He is in the north heading towards the south. There have been references to Jesus and Jerusalem before.
For instance, as Jesus had grown in popularity and notoriety, Pharisees and leaders from Jerusalem were come to see him.
17) And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.Luke 5:17
Jerusalem was a central place for the religious authorities. The temple was there. So many of these religious authorities that came from Jerusalem were not accepting of His claims to Messiahship or authority. It went against their authority.
Jesus gave his disciples a task to do. Now we are not sure of which disciples they were. We know that Jesus had more disciples than just the 12. At one point he sent out 70 in pairs of two. They are purposely unnamed here.
There isn’t much explanation needed as to the facts of what He told them to do. It is relatively self-explanatory. Go into the village. You’ll find an unbroken colt. Take him. If anyone asks you why, tell him that the Lord needs him.
There are a couple of truths that we are reminded of about Jesus.
- Jesus, being God, is all knowing. Jesus knows that this animal exists. He know where the animal is. He knows that a person will ask why they are taking him. He knows that they will be ok with the answer He gives His disciples to say.
- Jesus, being God, owns everything. This is not stealing. Jesus has the authority to use His creation. He has the authority to tell his disciples to go do something. He has the authority to take this animal and use it for His purposes.
- Jesus, being God, is executing His plan. He is not being haphazard in the way that He is living out this plan of redemption.
We can trust Jesus, and obey Him, because He is all knowing and has an incredible plan. Because He owns everything we are just stewards of what He has given to us.
Is there anything making it difficult for you to trust God’s plan today?