The two disciples thought they heard Jesus correctly: "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you; you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them.' and immediately he will send them."
As they approached the village, they looked at each other with that look... the one they've used before - as if to say, "are you thinking what I'm thinking?" As they turned onto the street, sure enough, there was the colt - tied up outside by the door, just as He said. As they begun to untie the colt, the owners approached them and said, "Why are you loosing the colt?"
Then they both chimed in saying, "The Lord has need of him." They held their collective breath until the owner finally nodded in their direction. They carefully led the animal down the dusty, uneven path out to where the Lord was. First one, then the other laid their garments on the beast as a befitting gesture to the Lord. He mounted the compliant colt and rode slowly towards Jerusalem.
Many onlookers began spreading their garments on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the palm trees that shaded the crowd from the glaring sun. By now a great multitude had gathered; some following from behind and some went ahead of Jesus, crying out, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
Some of the Pharisees called out to Him from the crowd saying, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples." Their rising discomfort had more to do with their self-righteous attitudes and pious indignity than it did with genuine concern. Jesus said to them, "I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out."
The donkey no doubt had an "aroma" about him as they headed down the bumpy pathway. However, there is a sweet fragrance that rises up to the Father as prayers, praises and testimonies all make their way through the throngs of humanity. As the Apostle Paul so eloquently states in II Corinthians 2:14-15 , "But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ's victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere. For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing..." (The Message)
Today, as in the times of old, there are many who do not recognize His Deity.
They marvel at His works and embrace His teachings. They acknowledge His wisdom and admire his morals, but there are still observers who ask, "Who is this Jesus?" During this Easter season think about what you believe and how you might share it with others. Do you have a special Scripture reference? What is your answer for the hope that lies within you?
(I Peter 3:15-16)