Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’” **
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and He sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before Him and that followed Him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when He entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” Matthew 21:1-11
Jesus knew His time was near. He knew the Scriptures filled with prophecies about Him. He knew.
A beast of burden is a draught (draft) animal that carries or pulls heavy loads, such as a donkey, mule, llama, camel, or ox. It can also be any domesticated animal trained to perform tasks for humans, such as a herding dog or a trained falcon. Often, the animal will be under a yoke, teamed up with one or more of the same kinds of animals.
Jesus came into Jerusalem on a donkey, as per the prophecy in Isaiah 62:11. The donkey, the beast of burden, carried the One Who would be carrying our burden of sin to the Cross. Jesus came that we might be saved. Jesus came that we be made white as snow, cleansed of our sins, for the Father.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18
Jesus calls us to follow Him and bear our crosses. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:27
Yet He is there by our side to carry the load with us. “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
Cast your burden on the LORD,
and He will sustain you;
He will never permit
the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
He wants our dependence, our submission, our obedience.
All God’s plans have the mark of the cross on them, and all His plans have death to self in them. —E. M Bounds
We, as Christians, are called to help one another as He helps us. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
As we approach Palm Sunday, may our hearts turn to the One Who came to this earth to save us from ourselves. May we look to the One Who carried our sins to the Cross, cleansed us wholly, that we could be His.
“It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it.”― Hans Urs von Balthasar, Unless You Become Like This Child
I have received the most beautiful gift, Father, for which I am ever so grateful. May I never look upon a “burden” as being too much for me. May I see Jesus yoked with me in all that I am called to do and to be. May I remember Who the Holy One is Who used a beast of burden to ride into Jerusalem, but became the One Who carried all of the burdens to the Cross where He died a terrible crucifixion, yet He did this for me. I praise You, LORD. Hosanna, in the Highest. Hosanna, oh save, I pray. “Praise God and his Messiah, we are saved.” Hallelujah. I rejoice in the Holy One. You are my salvation, LORD Jesus. You knew and you know, LORD Jesus. You know me, Jesus. Praise Your Holy Name. In the Glorious Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
** Isaiah 62:11