The Thoughts and Reflections this week are from Stuart. The Bible passage can be read here through BibleGateway.
Could you imagine being the owner of the colt?
The suggestion from the passage is that he was a follower of Jesus; when the Lord needed it he let it go (v34). He was probably in the crowd cheering the Lord Jesus and praising God.
As Jesus rode past he’d nudge the people next to him “that’s my colt, his name’s Trigger”
Later with family and friends when they talked excitedly about the day. He joined “and did you notice he was riding our Trigger?” to their surprise he continues “Yes Trigger, they came to ask if Jesus could ride him and I said yes. I told them he’d never been ridden before”
Someone remembered Zachariah’s prophecy that the king would come riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey (Zech 9:9) and recalling the praises earlier: “Hosanna to the Son of David (Matt 21:9). Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the King of Israel (John 12:13). They agreed through Jesus the kingdom had arrived.
Then he had a fantastic idea; “I’ve got a fantastic idea” he said” when he becomes King I’ll give him Trigger as a gift. He could put him at the entrance of the palace as a memorial of today and we’ll put a sign up – freely donated by the Piggot family – so look after him and no-one ride him, I want to pass him over saying he’s only had one careful rider”
But a week later everything came crashing down; the king was dead – crucified. The hopes and dreams of the people were dashed and Trigger was back to his humble roots
But then stories that Jesus was alive appeared, maybe he was one of the 500 who saw Jesus (1Cor 15:6). But through the work of the Holy Spirit and the teaching of the word of God he came to see and believe that this was all God’s plan (Luke 24:25-27).
God’s plan and sacrifice was perfect and complete. However, whatever the motives, the Trigger plan and gift was self-focused and had no eternal value.
Paul had a plan; as a Hebrew of Hebrews he learned the law and obeyed it, he was going to be the top Pharisee, succeeding Gamaliel, zealous in everything for God, even persecuting the church, he gave God everything he planned to give Him and what he thought God needed or wanted. But when he came to know the risen saviour he realised that everything that he’d planned and was prepared to give to God was worthless “I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” (Phil 3:8).
It’s good that we want to serve God and we were created with the capacity to plan. However (as demonstrated by the crowds coming to greet the Lord Jesus on Palm Sunday) our plans are not always aligned to God’s. The order is God first, my plans second.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Lord give me a heart to serve you and the wisdom and honesty to see what’s from you and what’s my own.