Sunday: 14th April, 2019
Reference text: Luke 19:28-40
Luke 19:33,34 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
I imagine an analogous situation in today’s world where someone would just walk into a car dealership, take the keys to a brand new car and start the engine. Should they be asked why they have started the engine, they give the response Jesus asked his disciples to offer: ‘because the Lord has need of this ride’. It will actually be like the stuff you will only find in movies because it would definitely become a big issue with police certainly going to be in attendance.
So, I wonder why in the Gospel today, it appears the owners of the colt allowed the disciples to have the animal without any hindrances? I find it too easy that they just walked up to untie a colt in the shed of its owners and faced no issues at all. Could it be that the owners had not seen any potential in the colt which had not been ridden before or did they underestimate its potential? Or could it be that they just really didn’t care what happened?
Regardless of which of these options held true, one fact remains: ‘Jesus had need of it’. That is the message for all of us today, that the Lord has need of us. We may have been tied down, with limits placed on how far we can reach, how far we can explore and how much we can attain. Nonetheless, the cords are untied by the a word from the mouth of the Lord and we are given a platform to reach wide.
It is in moments like these that we actually realise ‘the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof’. All we are, all our potential, all our ability; God has given to us for the purpose of manifesting his glory. Hence, when the time is due, He demands them to be used for such. So my dear, only one message is proclaimed to you this day: ‘The Lord has need of YOU.’