As you look across scripture you observe God working in seasons yet at very specific moments with groups of people and with an incredible intentionality. Most often when you examine it a bit closer you see some of the most inconspicuous characters. Working in ways or through means we would have often never considered. In the case of Palm Sunday “a donkey” is the vehicle God uses to bless the world. A lowly insignificant animal, not desirous to look upon and more often than not chosen only in need of extremely difficult tasks.
Yet in this case, a sovereignly chosen animal had been set apart for one of the most significant and eternal purposes in all history.
Chosen to carry a person – His purpose would be in the fulfilment of scripture (Zechariah 9:9-10) to carry the King of Israel, the promised Messiah which would himself in righteousness bring salvation to all peoples. In humility and out of obedience he would transport Jesus Himself that He may enter into the week that would change the world. A man who would then give His life to serve and love people, make his way towards Jerusalem, and suffer through dying upon a cross, ultimately to rise to life again.
Set apart to further a message – This obscure beast of burden would, as he carried Jesus, be embodying an eternal message. His gesture of service would result in the establishment of the Gospel message (2 Corinthians 5:14-21) that through God giving of His own Son, that by grace given and faith in His name and finished work (Ephesians 2:8-10), men could have peace and reconciliation with God (Romans 5:1-2) and be redeemed through the forgiveness of sins.
A part of the fulfilment of a mission – In the moment of time as this creature would slowly carry Jesus to Jerusalem he played his part in fulfilling and extending the kingdom. That he was merely a vehicle used to play a small part amongst others in the events that would divide history, countries, and people. It would literally cause every life lived to ask one question “who is this Jesus?” (Matthew 28:19-20)
As the global mission changes and evangelism and church growth rapidly expand in the Southern Hemisphere most specifically on the continent of Africa. It’s a time of possibility and opportunity to engage and play a part in the history of the world and the expansion of the church.
Africa is calling out much like the Macedonian man for missionaries; men and women who in obedience, humility and service through love will say yes to the call of cross cultural mission and take radical audacious steps of faith to be that obscure one. The individual who much like this animal will embody Jesus, carry His message and fulfil His mission.