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The Lord Needs It! - Luke 19:28-35

After Jesus said these things, he continued traveling toward Jerusalem. Jesus came near Bethphage and Bethany, towns near the hill called the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent out two of his followers. He said, "Go into the town you can see there. When you enter the town, you will find a young donkey tied there. No person has ever ridden this donkey. Untie the donkey, and bring it here to me. If any person asks you why you are taking the donkey, you should say, 'The Master needs this donkey.'" The two followers went into town. They found the donkey exactly like Jesus told them. The followers untied the donkey. But the owners of the donkey came out. They said to the followers, "Why are you untying our donkey?" The followers answered, "The Master needs it." So the followers brought the donkey to Jesus. The followers put their coats on the donkey's back. Then they put Jesus on the donkey. (ERV) Full Text

Key Thought

What an attitude! If the Lord needs it, I'll offer it. If the Lord wants it, I'll do it. No questions asked. No explanation needed. No hesitation found. We've seen a rich young man turn back from following because the Lord asked him something he wouldn't do. This is not the case here. "The Lord needs it!" Such a simple explanation was met with an equally simple response—no words, just compliance. Little did the owners know that their act of submission and obedience to Jesus' need would bring about such a glorious event—the Triumphal Entry that is described in the following verses. So the question each of us needs to ask today is this: "What does the Lord need from me?" May our responses be the same as the unnamed owners of the donkey.


Today's Prayer

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God of glory and grace, my heavenly Father, please work on my heart. Do what is necessary to keep it soft and responsive to your will. May I always be open to whatever your Son needs of me. May I respond without hesitation. Most of all, may you be glorified and your Kingdom be served in my willingness to obey. In Jesus' name. Amen.


Today's Verses in Context


After Jesus said these things, he continued traveling toward Jerusalem. Jesus came near Bethphage and Bethany, towns near the hill called the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent out two of his followers. He said, "Go into the town you can see there. When you enter the town, you will find a young donkey tied there. No person has ever ridden this donkey. Untie the donkey, and bring it here to me. If any person asks you why you are taking the donkey, you should say, 'The Master needs this donkey.'" The two followers went into town. They found the donkey exactly like Jesus told them. The followers untied the donkey. But the owners of the donkey came out. They said to the followers, "Why are you untying our donkey?" The followers answered, "The Master needs it." So the followers brought the donkey to Jesus. The followers put their coats on the donkey's back. Then they put Jesus on the donkey. Jesus rode along the road toward Jerusalem. The followers spread their coats on the road before Jesus. Jesus was coming close to Jerusalem. He was already near the bottom of the Mount of Olives. The whole group of followers were happy. They were very excited and praised God. They thanked God for all the powerful things they had seen. They said, "'Welcome! God bless the king that comes in the name of the Lord.' Peace in heaven and glory to God!" Some of the Pharisees said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell your followers not to say these things!" But Jesus answered, "I tell you, these things must be said. If my followers don't say these things, then these rocks will say them."

Luke 19:28-40 (ERV)

 

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A {Jewish} leader asked Jesus, "Good teacher, what must I do to get the life that continues forever?" Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? Only God is good. {But I will answer your question.} You know {God's} commands: 'You must not do the sin of adultery, you must not murder anyone, you must not steal anything, you must not tell lies about other people, you must honor (respect) your father and mother….' " But the leader said, "I have obeyed all these commands since I was a boy!" When Jesus heard this, he said to the leader, "But there is still one more thing you need to do. Sell everything you have and give the money to the poor people. You will have a reward in heaven. Then come and follow me!" But when the man heard this, he was very sad. The man was very rich {and wanted to keep his money.}Luke 18:18-23 (ERV)

Jesus warned them not to tell anyone. Then Jesus said, "The Son of Man must suffer many things. He will be rejected by the older Jewish leaders, the leading priests, and teachers of the law. The Son of Man will be killed. But after three days he will be raised from death." Jesus continued to say to all of them, "If any person wants to follow me, he must say 'No' to the things he wants. That person must accept the cross (suffering) that is given to him every day, and he must follow me. The person that wants to save his life will lose it. And every person that gives his life for me will save it. It is worth nothing for a person to have the whole world, if he himself is destroyed or lost. If any person is ashamed of me and my teaching, then I will be ashamed of that person. I will be ashamed of that person at the time I come with my glory and with the glory of the Father and the holy angels. I tell you the truth. Some of you people standing here will see the kingdom of God before you die."Luke 9:21-27 (ERV)

It is the same for each of you. You must decide if you can leave everything you have to follow me. If not, you cannot be my follower!Luke 14:33 (ERV)

 

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