Sunday, January 21, 2007

Travel & Room Bookings--The Jesus Way

Luke 19:30-31 (New Living Translation)
30 “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks, ‘Why are you untying that colt?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

Luke 22:10-13 (New Living Translation)
10 He replied, “As soon as you enter Jerusalem, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters, 11 say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ 12 He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.” 13 They went off to the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.

We grow used to odd things when they're familiar to us. I notice this often in reading the bible, which is so full of possible pondering points that every reading yields new ones.

Today my thoughts were captured by Luke's record in chapters 19:30-31 and 22:10-13 of the way Jesus arranged for transportation and room bookings. Luke simply records what happened but I wonder--didn't the disciples think it was odd to be asked to basically hi-jack a donkey?

And the room prepared and ready--in an era with no email or phone bookings--didn't they wonder at all of this? There is no mention that they did!

Perhaps there is more to the account of the arrangements than is recorded, but Luke was quite meticulous in the detail he recorded in his gospel and the book of Acts, so it's doubtful.

So I'm left pondering the authority with which Jesus acted. He said, "The Lord has need," and "The Teacher asks," and showed through his actions who he was and is--the King who has the right to command all. That the disciples didn't question this and Luke made no comment, makes me think that this was not odd to them at all, but in line with the One who spoke with an authority and power that astounded all who heard him speak.

Prayer: Lord, Commander of All--from earth to the vast reaches of the universe, I bow my knee and heart to you. That you so humbled and limited yourself for us, amazes me constantly. I love and worship you.

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