The Lord Has Need

“Because the Lord has need of it.”

– Luke 19:31

Does the Lord really need anything from us? What do we have that He has not given? As John said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven” (John 3:27). Why then would Jesus need anything from any of His followers? After all, if we did not proclaim Him as the Messiah Jesus, Himself said, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out” (Luke 19:40). So, what is it that He would require?

When the two disciples were sent to find the colt, they were obedient and carried out the Lord’s instructions. The donkey was used as a sign of His deity. It was customary for royalty to enter this way. As Jesus rode into Jerusalem, the proclamation given by the people was not silenced. This is the first time during Jesus’ earthly ministry that He encouraged open worship of Himself. And, the Lord used human means to accomplish God’s plan.

We often teach of the disciple’s obedience and gloss over the submission of the foals owners. Surely, God was working in them “both to will and to do for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). To further the Lord’s kingdom and to glorify His name through worship, the owners willingly gave back to Jesus what He first gave them. The possessions placed under their care were used to glorify Christ. Is that not the only thing that Jesus desires from us, the worship of Him? How often that comes through letting go of material resources we can so desperately cling to.

“You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me. But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.”

– Luke 18:22-23
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