Selected Sanctified Subdued
- Paul Sudbrock
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I was studying for this Sunday's sermon and started to consider Christ's choice to ride on a foal of an ass.
Christ was going to Jerusalem to demonstrate his right as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He is heir to the throne of David. He was also demonstrating his servanthood. He came as King riding a lowly beast of burden.
The colt had never been ridden before, just as the tomb had never been used before.
The OT story in I Samuel 6:7 illustrates the same; “Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch kine, on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart, and bring their calves home from them:…” The cows had never pulled a cart. Under God’s leadership, they pulled the Ark of the Lord, on a new cart. On a cart that had never been loaded (tested). Being separated from their calves, the cows lowed along without turning to the left or the right.
The ass is one stubborn beast. According to Matthew, this ass colt was still attached to its mother,. It had never been broken. No one had even sat on his back, but he was selected, sanctified and subdued.
As he entered the city, the power of Christ was so strongly felt, that the people cried out, “Hosanna!” (0h God, please, save us now). The colt carried God himself and humbly witnessed to His majesty. He illustrated Christ’s power over all of nature.
The people who cried out were selected by God, sanctified to His praise and subdued to the service as well. Remember how Jesus answered the offended Religious? “And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.” ( Lu 19:40)
I usually spend some time in the hospital's Cafeteria once a week. I expectantly read and pray while waiting for the Lord to give me an opportunity to be a blessing and a chance to witness. I had set aside one hour and it flew by as I studied God's humble choice.
When I started to leave, I walked past a gentleman sitting in the lobby and God's Spirit said, "Go back to him." I went back, and sat next to him and started up a conversation.
Curiously, he asked me if I needed something. I simply stated, "God told me to come back and talk to you." He replied, "I thought I sensed that about you." I had witnessed to him, before I had even opened my mouth, by being obedient! God's Spirit did the speaking,
God selects the simple to confound the wise, but the simple must be available. He sanctifies the humble and subdues the obedient to carry the witness of His Greatness!
The colt, the grave, the cart, the cows and the people were selected, sanctified and subdued by the Almighty for His use.
The question is, are we making ourselves humbly available to be subdued by His will? He will shine His glory through us!