March 18, 2013

A Focused Lord Jesus

Luke 19:28-34

“If anyone asks you, &lsquoWhy are you untying it?’ say, &lsquoThe Lord needs it.’”
—Luke 19:31


Jesus has almost completed his journey to Jerusalem. He has focused on his mission and is still resolute as he prepares to enter the city (see Luke 9:51). In today’s Bible reading we find Jesus giving unusual instructions to arrange for his ride into Jerusalem.

Notice that this is no weak Jesus who becomes a victim of circumstances. He has a mission, and he’s in charge. His command is simple: “Go … you will find a colt … Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, &lsquoWhy are you untying it?’ say, &lsquoThe Lord needs it.’”

And that is enough. Jesus identifies himself as Lord, able to give commands and expect them to be obeyed. As Lord, he is fully aware of fulfilling a prophecy about riding a colt and proclaiming peace when he enters Jerusalem as King (see Zechariah 9:9-10). If we pay attention, we can see a Jesus who knows he’s Israel’s Lord, and as their Lord he can give orders. He brings the message of God’s love and salvation for all who believe in him, but he’s no pushover. He’s on a mission, and he will complete it. What he’s about to do, no one but the Son of God himself can do.

Still today, Jesus is not a Savior whom we may mold to our liking. He is “Lord,” expecting our acknowledgement and full obedience. Do you honor and obey that Jesus?

Lord Jesus! We have learned the truth about you. You accomplished your mission, and you call us to accomplish ours. O Lord, empower us by your Spirit today! Amen.

About the author — George Vink

Pastor George Vink has served as a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church for more than 30 years in British Columbia, Montana, Michigan, and California. He and his wife, Shirley, have four married sons and nine grandchildren.

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