As we approach Easter, let us start by considering one of ‘the unsung heroes’ of the story – ‘a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat’, Luke chapter 19 verse 20. It will be helpful to read Luke chapter 19 verses 29-40.
WHAT LESSONS CAN THE COLT TEACH US?
REDEMPTION (RANSOM). Interestingly, we find in the Old Testament that ‘every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb’, Exodus chapter 13 verse 13. Clearly, the colt Jesus rode had been redeemed – he leads us to the place where we can find redemption, though the precious blood of Christ, ‘a lamb without blemish and without spot’, 1 Peter chapter 1 verse 19.
RELEASE. The first thing we discover is that the colt is tied and needs release, if it is to be of any use to Jesus. We are born bound by sin and Satan; we need to be released if we are to be of use to God. The colt takes us to the cross of Jesus, where we can find release from the power of sin through faith in the Lord Jesus.
RELUCTANT. Secondly, we find that no one has ever sat on the colt and is reluctant to be controlled. As the Creator, Jesus could ride an unbroken colt! As sinners, we relish our freedom and we have no desire to be controlled! If we want God’s salvation, we have to turn in repentance toward God and faith in Christ.
REQUIRED. Thirdly, we learn that ‘the Lord has need of him’. We could not have complained if God had abandoned us but He loved us and sent His Son to die on the cross for us. He is not willing that any of us should perish in our sins but longs for us to be with Him and His Son in heaven. It ought to humble us to hear the Lord Jesus say that He wants us ‘to be with Me where I am’, John chapter 17 verse 24.
Remarkable lessons from one of God’s creatures. This Easter time, may we value all that points us to the One who came to redeem and deliver us; He alone brings lasting and eternal HOPE.