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An Ass With A Purpose

When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘The Master needs him, and will return him right away.'”

So Mark 11:2 talks about a colt, or a young donkey, also described as an ass, that was tied up, never having been rode upon, that Jesus was going to ride into Jerusalem. Now I don’t know if Jesus was familiar with riding donkeys, but even if he was, taking an untrained ass and riding it into Jerusalem wouldn’t have been an easy task. Have you ever wondered why it was an ass upon which no one had yet sat? Surely it would have been easier to sit upon one that was familiar with people, and was used regularly for such trips?

Some people have explained that it was a pure donkey, and that Jesus was looking to ride upon something that was pure, and while that could hold true, we need to look deeper. If Jesus was about only using people and things that were pure, then he would have been short a few disciples! No, the donkey was about purpose.

Each one of us have been created with a purpose. That donkey had been created by God, with a purpose in His mind. That donkey didn’t know what it was going to do with it’s life, but Jesus did! Does that sound familiar to us? Do we drift through life sometimes, seemingly doing very little, wondering what it’s all about. God has purpose for you! You have been created with a job, a task in mind, that only you can carry out. That ass had been created for a specific purpose. All that ass had to do was keep being an ass, and it’s day would come. All we have to do is keep focused on Jesus, and He will call you out, and reveal His purpose to you!

So the next time you wonder why you are here, just remember the ass with a purpose!