It’s Palm Sunday, and as fate would have it, my family spent it in “The Palm Tree” condo where we stay annually. Shortly before packing the van and heading out, we gathered under the Palm Tree ceiling fan and read the Palm Sunday story.
As we did we remembered two truths that I hope to carry forward into the week ahead. First, “Hosanna” is a combination of two Hebrew words that mean “save now!” The addition of “na” at the end of a Hebrew verb expresses intense emotion – in other words, those who shouted “Hosanna” to Christ that day were pleading for Him to save them for they had no other option. The same is true today – we come to Christ and ask Him to save us because there is no other name under heaven by which men may be saved (Acts 4:12).
Secondly, we were reminded that God used something as insignificant as a donkey to advance Christ’s mission. As author Max Lucado once stated, “All of us have a donkey. You and I each have something in our lives, if given back to God, could, like the donkey, move Jesus and His story farther down the road.”
As we enter this Holy Week, may we frequently cry out “Hosanna,” acknowledging our utter dependence on Christ for His saving grace. Next, give some thought to what your “donkey” might be. What do you have that can be given back to God in order to move Jesus and His story down the road for others to hear and experience? Remember, if God can use a donkey – He can use you too! –Dave
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. (Matthew 21:2, ESV)
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