As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.”… This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” — Matthew 21:1, 2, 4-5 (NIV)
The woman accepted an invitation to accompany a guy whom she knew well. Upon the knocking, she opened the door eagerly, and the gentleman began the evening by giving her roses. He then whisked her away to an elegant restaurant and later, by a moonlit pond, proposed to her. Every girl’s dream, right? Well, shortly thereafter due to various circumstances, the engagement ended, and they went their separate ways.
Now imagine, centuries ago, being a part of the crowd during Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. Living under Roman authority, you long for your freedom again. You continuously pray for the overthrowing of Rome and for the restoration of your nation. Finally, after many years, you see Him coming—the King, riding on the donkey, Who will regain control over Israel. “Liberation is about to enter triumphantly.” However, as the week progresses, the King doesn’t become ruler over your nation—from your perspective.
Unmet expectations. Only does God understand these situations completely. Neither the couple nor the Israelites comprehended the purpose for their disappointments, but He journeyed with them through the pain and grief of the loneliness. Finally, God proved faithful at the end. The couple eventually reestablished their relationship with a more meaningful, healthier outlook. More importantly, Christ assumed authority over all His people by demonstrating His ultimate love through His resurrection.
Lord, despite any difficult circumstances I may be facing today, help me to remain focused on the final outcome as I allow You to triumphantly enter into my life. Amen.