What Would Jesus Drive?

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Ex 27-28; Matt 21:1-22

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21 When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus gave two disciples a task. He said to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter, you will find a donkey tied up and a colt with it. Untie them and bring them to me.  If anybody says anything to you, say that the Lord needs it.” He sent them off right away. Now this happened to fulfill what the prophet said, Say to Daughter Zion, “Look, your king is coming to you, humble and riding on a donkey, and on a colt the donkey’s offspring. The disciples went and did just as Jesus had ordered them. They brought the donkey and the colt and laid their clothes on them. Then he sat on them.

Now a large crowd spread their clothes on the road. Others cut palm branches off the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds in front of him and behind him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up. “Who is this?” they asked. 11 The crowds answered, “It’s the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.” (Matthew 21:1-11, Common English Bible)

When I was driving to the church yesterday, for some reason my mind went back to a question I first heard several years ago though I am not sure why. The question, “What kind of car would Jesus drive?”

Before starting to write this post I asked my friend, retired pastor Paul, the only thing he said (about a car),  “It wouldn’t be new.”

Back in the day I first heard the question I heard people arguing that Jesus was a fun guy surely he would drive a sports car. Another person said, “He is the King of the world, of course, he would drive a luxury car, probably a Rolls Royce.”

I think my biggest argument against the sports car was, “A two-seater would be pretty impractical. When someone said “Rolls Royce,” my response was, “Yes, he is King but remember, he was also king when he was born in a barn and had a feed trough for a bed.

“Well, he didn’t have any choice about where he was born or where his parents stuck him to sleep,” the Rolls Royce advocate responded.

I tend to think if Jesus was going to drive a car it would be something practical. Might he drive a hybrid? It would be something that got good gas milage and didn’t do any damage to the environment, wouldn’t he?

The more I thought about it, however, I thought Paul was right, something that wasn’t new and something practical. Then it hit me. He needed a beat up old school bus. The reason for beat up? I don’t think Jesus would spend money on something new and in better shape (though an argument could be made for the luxury car, perhaps a Tesla, in light of the costly nard poured on Jesus’ feet). But why a bus? Well, he did need something to haul all those disciples around.

So, why all this talk about what Jesus would drive when the lesson is the Triumphal Entry? Well, it is simple really. It is the only time I can think of that Jesus used something for transportation besides his own two feet. When people saw it, it wasn’t what they expected. When they saw it they didn’t understand. People never expected a donkey. Jesus was a king and they expected him to throw out the hated Romans.

A soldier ready for battle would ride on a stallion. Jesus wasn’t on a stallion, he was on a donkey. What would that mean? One riding on a donkey was one who came in peace. To me, Jesus’ real emphasis was that he was demonstrating to the world his role as Prince of Peace and not Christ the King.

In truth, I don’t know what Jesus would drive. I have my guess but it really isn’t any better or worse than what anyone else might say. It is, after all, just a guess. What I do know is, Jesus, sent a message to Jerusalem and beyond through all generations saying just who the Prince of Peace might be. Thanks be to God that we can have a relationship with One who can bring peace to our world and peace to our hearts and minds no matter what we might drive.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

 

Author:

Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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