Monday: Jesus in control vv 1-6
‘If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’” v3
The detailed account of the disciples fetching the donkey shows Jesus in control. He knew where the donkey would be and what would be said and how the disciples should respond. What happened to Jesus in the time following this and up to his crucifixion are no different. He knew what was coming. At any point he could have chosen to do something different and avoid everything that happened but he didn’t. Jesus chose it all, he was in control and he still is – can you see that in your life?
Tuesday: Meekness and Majesty! vv 7-11
‘When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it.!”’ v7
Jesus was on a donkey! He rode into town, like a conquering hero, received a conquering hero’s welcome but not on a majestic stallion as you would expect. It was a donkey. Jesus came in humility. Once again, he turns things on their head and shows us that we are supposed to be different. Meekness and Majesty – pray over these words today!
Wednesday: Live right! vv12-19
And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” v17
There’s no ‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild’ here, is there? Here we see Jesus using the authority of the conquering hero! He is humble but he is also God and he isn’t willing to compromise on holiness. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 6:19) How are you treating God’s temple?
Thursday: Ask and you will receive! vv20-26
‘Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours’. v24
This can be a dangerous passage and has led to people believing that they can ask for anything that takes their fancy and God will just give it to them. When Jesus says, “Have faith” though, he’s talking about faith IN GOD; the God who sent his son to die for us and the God who asks us to live within his will and be holy. Prayer is not supposed to be a selfish thing, it is about God’s Kingdom coming and His will being done. Remember that when you pray!
Friday: By whose authority? vv27-33
‘”By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?” v28
The chapter has been about true religion, true faith versus fake. The true king on a donkey rather than a stallion, the fig tree with leaves out of season promising something it couldn’t deliver; a true metaphor for Israel’s religion, Jesus clearing the temple of what it was in the hope of making it what it should be, the true authority of both John and Jesus versus the authority the Pharisees believed belonged to them. We will be reading in the next few weeks about what that true faith truly means and where it led Jesus. Are you prepared to make that journey?