You are Special, you are Loved, you are Chosen; You are the Chosen One!
You are Chosen For Such a Time as This!
“…And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you:and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him. And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither. And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him. And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded:and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him”
The triumphal entry was the last week of the Christ’s earthly life, when he made his appearance in Jerusalem as a meek King, riding upon a colt. Such was a crucial point in history and of the entire making of the biography of the Christ. In the midst of such an important agenda, and preparing for the triumphal entry which was to signal that he is the victorious king, the conqueror, the reigning lord; he bid his disciples to go find a colt which has been specially prepared for such a time as this. The colt is nowhere before and after mentioned in scriptural discourse, yet it is such an important actor in the life of the Christ. It was chosen at the right time, for the right purpose, by the right person.
This was a fulfillment- “Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold thy salvation cometh” (Isaiah 62:11); “The heifer on which never came yoke” (Numbers 19:2) & Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly…thy King cometh unto thee”. Such an occasion was envisioned, and prophesied long before it occurred. This colt was a subject of prophecy. Long before it was born, before it knew existence, it was chosen for this special purpose. So whilst waiting, tied by the cross roads it was just waiting for its rightful time to come. The colt was envisioned same time as the coming Messiah. Its purpose and identity to be closely tied with the Messiah. It was set apart for this special purpose- for no man had ever ridden upon it. It had one mandate, one agenda, one purpose only- to carry the Christ on his way as he enters the Holy City.
The beauty of the text lies in the understanding that we (just like the colt) have been CHOSEN to fulfill a divine destiny. To each is specially subscribed and attached a special mandate: a song to sing, a move to dance, a text to write, a story to narrate, a part to act. None of us can be described as a mere crash of event, an accidental purpose, an unexpected phenomena. The truth of the text llies in the comprehension that, you have been chosen! You have been picked, set apart, and ordained with a special sacred mandate that only you can fulfill. The mandate might not have been made clear yet, you might not understand where you fit, what your purpose is; but this does not remove nor diminish the truth that you are chosen. You are chosen not because of something you had done, not because you are a good person, or a capable individual; it is not because you are industrious or shrewd; it is not because you have this or that qualification or the nature of your profile. You were imbued, anointed, and ordained for a special mandate before you were even reality. You existed before the world was ever created because when God planned the world, he realized there will be need of you. The is something in this world that only you can do; no one else can do it if you dont. No one can do it for you, and no one can replace you. The purpose is tiedly linked to your existence. Just as the colt was specifically chosen and prophesied in the OT as the one upon which the Lord would sit so are you.
But please note the colt had to wait for Gods appointed time. This reminds us that God has his own TIMETABLE and own WAYS of doing things. It might not be revealed when you want it; you might not understand what it is, or even have a clue of what it involves; but it is on its way. Soon, you will know, and you will understand. Very soon, it will all make sense to you. It will make sense why you were born in the home you were born in, why you were raised in the neighborhood you grew up in, why you attracted certain people in your life, why you like the things you like; why you like watching certain movies, listening to particular type of music. Soon, you’ll understand that you were indeed chosen for such a time as this!
Perhaps the colt could have wondered what its purpose is; why are other donkeys being utilized and ridden upon, yet it has never experienced such joy. What is different about it? Perhaps it had asked itself this questions. That, “Why I’m I tied, whilst other colts are free to roam about? Why is no one using me for this or that purpose? What is it about me that I seem to be overlooked, rejected, and neglected? What is it about me that no body cares about me? No one bothers to even look at me?” And perhaps sometimes many of us struggle with the same questions. We do not understand why things happen to us,and even why they happen the way they do; we would like to be active and about; we would like to be recognized, and appreciated; we would like to be needed and special. But the fact that you haven’t experienced the joy of walking in your purpose yet does not mean its is not there. Hold on, the Christ has not forgotten about you yet, and you shall not go unmentioned. Your purpose, your mandate is on its way!
The design of a product always reflects the purpose it will fulfill. The same is true of the colt. The mouth of a bird is designed to allow it to feed upon its prey. The fish is designed with gills so it can breath in water; the bear is designed with thick coat of skin that retains heat so it can survive in extremely cold weather. The eagle is designed with strong feet and claws so it can pick up prey double its weight. The way you are is never far away from your purpose. Your purpose is never far fetched: it is within your abilities, your personality, your likes, your passion, your interests, your inspirations. The colt was never before ridden, but this was not a mere coincidence- it was reserved to be ridden by the king. Unlike other colts, it could not just be mount by anyone; its rider was divine. It was set apart to carry the messiah.
Christ knew exactly where the colt was. Christ is one area, and he speaks of a colt tied somewhere in another area. How did he know? Not only does he know its geographical location, but he knows the exact spot it is situated. Isn’t it beautiful to know that God knows where you are. When others seem to pass you by, when others have forgotten about you. When you see stuck in one place, in one position in one station in life’s cycle- God knows where you are! He sees you, and he is not oblivious to your situation. He understands your concerns, your anxieties, your fears, your worries and your cries. He knows your longings, your desires, your wants, your ambitions. Don’t you for a second think he has forgotten about you. No matter what station you might be in life, he know exactly where you at. He sees you when others can’t, and he has a purpose for you.
Not only did Christ know where the colt was, he also knew its history. he knew that no body had ridden it. God knows us infinitely. He is well acquainted with our past. He knows where we have been, he knows our background; he knows how we grew up, he knows what we struggled with. The tendency is we always want to shield our history and background from people, because of fear and insecurities. We keep it in closets because we perhaps don’t want the pity, shame, and sometimes the judgement that comes with our past exposed. For many of us, our past is not good, and thus it would make sense why we would want to hide it. But God wants to use your history, your background, your past to bring about a great purpose. Your history is not a mistake. When you look clearly at what you went through, and then look at your purpose, you will appreciate why you had to go through what you went through. Your history is not an obstacle; it is not a stumbling block. It is in fact a great blessing!
You might not have yet experienced this or that, but its alright. You might have not driven this or that car, but its still okay. You might not have lived in this or that neighborhood, but you know what, none of us are dead! Its Okay. You are still here. You can still make it. The reason you are still alive is a testimony that your purpose is not done yet. There is still something for you to do. So keep pressing on, keep on believing, keep on trying, keep on hoping for yet another day! You are strong, you are capable, you are a survivor, don’t be afraid; there is nothing you can’t face. Step up and know, You can make it another day, you are strong enough to last.
Prepared for a Blessing- the colt was divinely positioned and it was prepared for a blessing. For with divinity there is no room for accident, incidence or coincidence. This lets us know God is “God of Preparation” and he prepares people to fulfill their purpose. You are more than prepared to fulfill your purpose. Divinity has invested time and potential in you. Divinity believes in you. God invested in you because he knows you can bring the return. You are more than capable. God prepares people and resources through which to bless us- “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies”. For instance
a) John the Baptist was prepared for a blessing that was to come
b) The lad with Five loaves of bread and two fish was prepared for a blessing
c) The water pots at Cana were specially prepared for a blessing
d) Jesus requested the room on which he together with the apostles partook of the Passover to be prepared for a blessing
God has his own timetable- when the time was right; God loosed the colt, sat on it and led it unto its divine destiny. For with God, everything has its own perfect time! The tendency sometime is we want to be loosed too soon. We want to be like everyone. But not all meals cook right about the same time. There are some light meals that only take a few seconds in the Microwave to cook; and then there are solid meals that require time in the heat to boil and cook deep and properly. In the very same sense, when one’s shopping list is long, one relatively takes longer in the grocery store. But one whose list is shorter, comes in and immediately out of the grocery shop. The means, the greater your purpose the greater the time you can be expected to wait. The time waited, is not time wasted. Christ waited for thirty years to prepare for a ministry that was to last for only three years, have generational impact and consequences. Waiting can make you gain the necessary weight to carry your purpose!
If God can use a colt then surely he can use You- “The Lord hath need of him”. How can the Creator have need of the created? How can he need a colt that is ‘all-tied-up’? BUT even the lowliest things have some high purpose, or capacity of glorifying God. They may exclusively or more fittingly express the divine glory. The truth of the matter is, God has a purpose that he needs you to fulfil on earth. He needs you to fulifl that mandate. He has faith in you, and he needs you to take your stand and bestow your gift to the world. A colt can be regarded as a weak thing, a cheap thing. A colt is not worth comparing much with a Stallion of a horse. But even the lowly horse, the lord has use for it. He could have chosen a white horse, but he chooses a rejected, looked down upon despised, seemly useless colt. Who has overlooked you? who has told you that you cant do it? who has told you that you are useless? who has told you that you are weak? who has told you that you are immature? Well, next time you can tell them, the Lord has need of you. You are important to him. God needs you. When others did not see the value and the worth of the horse, Christ did. When others saw it as useless and lazy, Christ saw its worth. When others kings chose royal horses he chose a simple abandoned colt. If he can take a simple colt and make it fulfill a wonderful mandate, so can you.
Sit on me! – When Christ sat upon the colt, the colt began to move! The word sit in Greek has the idea of taking charge, or command or being in authority- “Heaven is his Throne and the earth is his footstool”. God sits on his Throne, just as a king, judge, or executive would sit to show they are in charge. Before Christ sat on the colt it did not move; but suddenly after he sat on it, it moved to its destiny. If only Christ can sit on you, you will do wonders; if only Christ can sit upon families, if only he can sit upon our churches, if only he can sit upon our children, then everything will align to its purpose. When Christ sits, he takes charge. When the judge sits, it says to everybody that the court is now in session. If Christ can sit upon you, he will ride you to your destiny.
As Christ was ridding upon the colt, the Bible says people threw roses and garments on the floor. A red carpet was made. But who was walking upon the roses and the garments? Was it Christ? No. It was the colt. The colt for once in its life experienced what it had never knew- walking upon flowers with titillating crowds, singing songs of joy and victory. The colt felt how its like to walk upon the red carpet. If Christ had not sat on it, it would not have experienced such an encounter. When Christ sits on you, he will make you ride on the red carpet, and you’ll receive red carpet treatment. You’ll experience things you never dreamt of before.
Christ has chosen us in Him before the beginning of time to fulfil divine destiny. When we meekly submit to him, he will sit on us and elevate us to walk in that destination, unleash our full potential and ride us into the presence of greatness.
Chris Mhlongo, Preached @ Victoria Falls Synagogue