Do you make judgements about people based on the vehicle they drive? If you see a white, four-wheel-drive pickup sporting big tires on the highway, what do you think? Would you think differently if the person was in a low-slung, red sports car? How about someone driving a small, electric car? Or someone in a large, black limousine? I’m sure you’re like me, and you make some conclusions about people based on what they drive.
You know, the same was true in Jesus’ day. They didn’t have cars, but you could conclude something about the person if they were walking versus riding in a cart. Or if they were riding a horse versus a donkey. That is why Jesus selected a donkey colt to ride into Jerusalem during the triumphal entry. Yes, it was a fulfillment of prophecy, but the act of riding a donkey sent a clear message. Listen to Matthew 21:5, “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” (NIV) Jesus signaled that he was the meek and gentle king by his choice of animal.
Jesus treated people with kindness, not harshness. As a leader, he was not in your face, but by your side. Yes, he could be forceful in presenting the truth, but he was also full of grace. As we search for examples of meekness, look to and follow Jesus!
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