Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The miracle I never noticed

So the more I read and study and think, the more I realize that Jesus is the key.  He's the key to everything in Christianity, not that the rest of the Bible isn't interesting.  It gives context.  But the whole of the Bible, the whole reason for it's being is to point to Jesus.  Since I've come to realize this, I've started re-reading the gospels.  I want to refine my beliefs to what Jesus says.  Not the old testament covenant, not the writings of the apostles. Just Jesus.  All Jesus.  So that's where I'm focusing.

Now I've known the story of Jesus since I was a little girl.  I grew up in church and my parents read Bible stories to me from a very young age.  You would think that at mumble mumble years old I'd know it.  Right?  Yet I keep being surprised by the new things I realize each time I read the Bible, and to find something new in the gospels is really quite surprising to me.  After all, I know this story, I've heard it all my life.  But to read something and have it hit me with a new meaning gets me all excited, so I have to share.  So here it is:

Luke 19:30 - 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.

Really?  There's something new here?  I've heard this, read this, and I thought internalized it's meaning YEARS ago.  But today I realized something.  What does it take to break a horse?  A lot of work, it's not a matter of just hopping on and riding, you have to teach a horse to let you ride.  And donkeys are WAY more stubborn than a horse, right?  So what does it take to get a donkey to let you ride it?

So here Jesus is, hopping on a donkey that's never been ridden before, and there's no mention of it bucking, running around, trying to throw him.  He doesn't just ride it a little either.  He rides it into town, in a crowd of cheering and screaming people, enough to startle the steadiest of beasts.  But it doesn't trample anyone, or try to run off.  It LET Jesus ride.  The very first time.  No other man could have done this, but Jesus wasn't just a man.  It just goes to show yet again, even a colt of a donkey knew that Jesus was special.

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