“Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ Luke 19v30-31
On Palm Sunday we are reminded that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt. A colt is a young horse that has not matured and has not been broken in or ever ridden before. A colt has a sense of adventure, it has a free spirit. You may have seen the Disney Film ‘Spirit’, which tells the story of a young colt fighting to stay free and an angry master trying to break down it’s resistance.
There will come a time in the life of a young colt that for it to be of use to its master it’s young wild Spirit, it’s undisciplined behaviour, will have to be broken. There are certain phrases that are used in the breaking process ‘the point of resistance’ or ‘the conquest of the horse’ and they signify the process of breaking away the horses freedom and sense of adventure
We can also see this in our spiritual lives. I am not talking about spiritual brokenness, that good kind of brokenness of a contrite heart, but people whose sense of adventure and freedom has been stolen. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. Satan will try to steal our freedom and our sense of adventure but God wants us to be free and to reach the potential he made us for. Have you ever visited a zoo and seen a lion in a small cage going through that monotonous daily routing of pacing in circles and being fed. This was not what the lion was made for. It was made to hunt, to run and be free, not to be locked up in a small cage. Sadly many of us live our Christian life like this. Instead of having freedom we live like prisoners of war. Like the young colt many of us have experienced being broken or conquered. Things have happened in our lives that have stolen away our joy and our sense of adventure and our Christian walk can feel dead and lifeless. God does not want to break our freedom but restore it. There are three things we see in this story
Jesus knew where the colt was: Jesus sent two disciples to fetch this colt. He did not pre-arrange with the owner. He knew by a word of knowledge where it would be and where they would find it. There may have been many donkeys or colts in the town but He wanted this one. The bible says of the apostle Paul “Go he is a chosen vessel of mine” Acts 9v15. Paul persecuted the church and put people to death but he was a chosen vessel of the Lord and God knew just where to find him. You are a chosen vessel and he knows where to find you and reach you.
The colt had never been ridden: This colt was unbroken, people who know about horses say that this was a bigger miracle than Jesus walking on water. It was incredible that he was able to sit and ride a horse that had never been sat upon. Christ masters this horse instantly and controls it by the whisper of His voice.
The colt carried the glory of God: This weak animal fulfilled prophecy and carried the glory of God. While kings and princes ride on chariots and stallions the King of Kings rides into Jerusalem on a colt and the colt carries His glory. We may be weak but he is the most high God, El Elyon, the strongest of strong, super strong and yet he calls us to carry his glory, his presence.
May our true master restore all that is broken within us.