Why Did Jesus Ride a Donkey?

By Tercius

For some reason, I absolutely love donkeys. Maybe it is because I once rode a donkey in Mexico. Or maybe it is because The Nativity, a movie about Jesus' birth, features a beautiful donkey that Mary rides.

Photographer James Emery has visited Israel and posted numerous pictures of his trip to the Flickr photo site. Some of them show donkeys in Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up.

In the pictures these donkeys all look "humble." Perhaps that is why Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem. This act fulfilled an Old Testament prophecy.

Zechariah 9:9 ESV says, "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

Jesus' entry into Jerusalem is remembered as Palm Sundayand will be celebrated by western Christians on March 24, 2013.

The first time Jesus came to live on earth, he was born humbly in a manger. At the "second coming" Jesus will return to reign and he will ride a white horse instead of donkey. The Bible says,

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. - Revelation 19:11-14