What Jesus Did! 'The Master Needs Them!' — Matthew 21:1-3

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Jesus and his followers were coming closer to Jerusalem. But first they stopped at Bethphage at the hill called the Mount of Olives. There Jesus sent two of his followers into the town. Jesus said to the followers, "Go to the town you can see there. When you enter it, you will find a donkey tied there. With the donkey you will find a young donkey. Untie the two donkeys and bring them to me. If any person asks you why you are taking the donkeys, tell that person, 'The Master needs these donkeys. He will send them back soon.'"
— Matthew 21:1-3 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 21:1-3 NLT —  If any person asks you why you are taking the donkeys, tell that person, 'The Master needs these donkeys.

Key Thought

Jesus commands and we are to obey. His word is powerful and full of authority. He didn't have to quote from the Rabbi's to speak about God's Word, he spoke on his own authority as God's Son. He could speak and order out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead, or calm the fiercest storm. So when he sends word that "The Master has need of them," then we had better pay attention. So I want to challenge you today, just as I'm challenging myself: "What in my life does the Master have need of today?" Like the donkey, it may make it back to its original "owner" when he is done. On the other hand, he may call us to give it up and surrender to his glory. The point is simple: when the Lord calls, we come; when the Lord asks, we obey; and when the Lord demands, we are obedient. Anything less and he is not our Lord, Master, King, and Savior.

Today's Prayer

Give me a generous heart, O God, that I might not only follow your example but share generously and graciously with you just as you have already shared with me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 2:1-5, 11
  • Matt. 26:17-18
  • Luke 17:10


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.