Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Ex 27-28; Matt 21:1-22
21 When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus gave two disciples a task. 2 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. 3 If anybody says anything to you, say that the Lord needs it.” He sent them off right away. 4 Now this happened to fulfill what the prophet said, 5 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.” 6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus had ordered them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and laid their clothes on them. Then he sat on them.
8 Now a large crowd spread their clothes on the road. Others cut palm branches off the trees and spread them on the road. 9 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,
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