The Meek Conqueror PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 11:52

TODAY’S MANNA

BY Berlie G. Yap

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, ON A COLT, the foal of a donkey.” (Zech. 9:9, ESV)

A colt is a younger donkey. It is a wonder when the Christ came in to Jerusalem, on His formal announcement as the Messiah, he was only riding a humble colt, than a fierce white or black horse—as similar to any conqueror in history. Such happened during the Palm Sunday, five days before the very crucifixion of our Lord Jesus.

The entire Jerusalem was stirred-up at that time. An apparent invisible electricity, or power, charged the event. Children cried to their highest, in praises and worship to the Son of God. While the young men and their fathers climbed onto palm trees and cut some of their branches, to wave in adoration to the entering King.

Admittedly, Jesus had been coming in and out of the City of Jerusalem. As like any male Jew, He too observed the Law—thrice in every year, he would climb to Jerusalem to worship. It was the beginning of the feast of the Passover. Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem was a prophetic fulfillment, found in the book of Zechariah.

I am drawn to the truth of Jesus’ humility. He picked a meek animal, as his official ride on His entry to the City. Jesus never braggedhis divine nature or His power. The Son of God is not arrogant. The Savior conquered sin and death through His humility, and never by aggression. Thus, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:10-11, ESV)

The best reflection to do, this Holy Week, is to contemplate of the humility of Christ. The world’s problems are always rooted to man’s pride. Actually, such is the long curse since Edenic time, when the serpent lured Eve that when she would eat the fruit of the tree—of knowledge, she would become like God.

If all people in the world may compete instead to be lowly than arrogant, the earth would be a better place then. There will be no wars, crimes, poverty and all forms of evil. It is sad though to see a few people rise to their heights, at the expense of others. Greed and the hunger for power are two of the many evils which easily fuel any form of inequity in our world, since time immemorial, up to now.

Yes, nothing changed in all of these centuries. But God offers us His love, so that if we repent and surrender our lives to Him, He will transform us. Pride and arrogance are manifestations of a godless heart. Yet, when one yields to God, a sudden change happens inside of him. Nebuchadnezzar was a complete epitaph of pride and arrogance.

One day, the Lord humiliated him. God stripped him of his mind and logic. He became insane and acted like an animal for 7 years. Then, sobriety came back to him. He acknowledged that God is the source of his power and influence. Just in that instance, the man was restored whole again. The remaining years of Nebuchadnezzar was better then than his earlier years. God changed him.

Humility is a priceless virtue. People hate any proud leaders. Pride is an open stench to others. It smells! In fact, there are those who may easily puke because of it. Candidly, you also can probably tell an experience, when you were in a company of arrogant individuals. My guess, you did hate it. On the other hand, when you were surrounded with humble people, their presence was a complete blessing to you. You even did learn many things from them.

It is now the Holy Tuesday. Let us come to God in repentance for all of our pride. We will ask him also to clothe us with His humility, every day. Think also of those whom you may have offended, find ways to reconcile with them. We cannot have peace with God, if we are also in enmity with our equals.

St. John said that nobody can say that he loves God but hates his brother. It makes sense, because God is invisible. We cannot brag around to have loved an invisible God but hate a visible brother. The order is our human relationship, then follows our relationship with the almighty. The best time to forgive is today.

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