Jesus' Ride on the Donkey Is a Symbol of Inner Change

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Jesus' Ride on the Donkey Is a Symbol of Inner Change


Excerpts from a sermon given yesterday by the Rev. Milledge J. Mosby Jr. at the Unity Center of Light in Bowie:

Palm Sunday is a time to proclaim our readiness for the Holy Spirit to transform us from our old way of being. In the account of Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem [John 12:14] we read, "And Jesus found a young colt and sat upon it; as it is written." In Oriental countries in Bible times, kings and rulers rode the donkey. It was an accepted bearer of royalty. However, there is another deeper, metaphysical interpretation of the donkey and why Jesus rode it into Jerusalem. The donkey represents our stubborn animal nature. As we know, another word for donkey is jackass. When applying the term to a person, it means contrary, disobedient, inflexible, opinionated and uncooperative.

Therefore, Jesus riding into Jerusalem is a symbolic demonstration of the Christ consciousness gaining control over the animal nature. The verse says, "Your king comes to you, gentle, riding on the donkey." The animal nature is under control. . . .

The people were celebrating Jesus' coming because He had raised Lazarus from the dead. They proclaimed Him "king of Israel, Who came in the name of the Lord." But Jesus was never about glorifying Himself. He wanted to provide each of us with a road map to overcome the jackass inside. His mission was the transformative work of being the full expression of Christ. The process was unfolding when he said, "Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain. But if it dies, it bears much fruit."

We can all understand the meaning of this verse. Unless we are willing to die to, or let go of, who we are presently, we cannot be enlightened, elevated and transformed into a higher understanding of the Christ presence within us. There is a difference between an interest in spiritual transformation, and having an intense desire for this surrender to the Holy Spirit. . . . It is recorded in John 12 that Jesus said, "Now My heart is troubled, and what shall I say? `Father, save me from this hour?' No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour." Jesus was willing to forsake His self-survival and own agenda to let God be fully expressed through Him. …

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