The Colt, You and the Two Paths

The human being, just like the donkey, has a tendency of being stubborn…

“Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; and He said to them, ‘Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it.’” Mark 11:1-2

The Bible gives us details and each detail has a meaning. Jesus asked for a colt on which no one had ever ridden; which meant that He would be the first.

“And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.” Mark 11:3

It is curious, to say the least, that the Owner of all things on earth needed a colt!

Well, the colt is you and I – A colt that God, in His infinite greatness, says He needs (or acts as if He needs). Look at God’s humility… and there are still people who are not aware that it is they who need Him!

Maybe you say that you don’t need God for anything in your life because your abilities have met your needs. However, there is one thing you need Him for: to solve the problem of death. The human being has not yet managed to solve this problem. The only one who has, was Jesus.

The human being, just like a donkey, has a tendency of being stubborn – sometimes even more than a donkey! And I am not making this up. It is the word of God that says:

“The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; But Israel does not know, My people do not consider.” Isaiah 1:3

An animal is capable of recognising the owner who feeds it, but human beings often do not recognise the One who gives them the breath of life. That is the great problem.

The colt was in prison (like many people today) and only became free when it was brought for Jesus to ride on. When we surrender our lives to Jesus and let Him guide us, we become free. There are people who don’t give themselves to God because they are afraid of being stuck in a religion. They don’t realise that when a person surrenders to God, they do not lose their freedom, but the chains that bind them to vanities, other people’s opinion, addictions….

“So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. But some of those who stood there said to them, ‘What are you doing, loosing the colt?’ And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go.” Mark 11:4-6

These two paths are not here by chance. If you have not yet surrendered your life to God, you stand between two paths: the path of eternal life (which solves the problem of death) and the path of destruction (without God for all eternity).

You need to make a choice.

Jesus came into the world, died on the cross and, because He was sinless, death could not hold Him – He conquered death and rose again.

If you believe in Jesus and allow Him to be first, you also solve the problem of death.

The Colt, You and the Two Paths
  • Bishop Renato Cardoso