“‘Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here’. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it’”.
Lk 19:30, 31 NIV
“A preacher was telling this story to some cowboys out west. At the end of the story, one of them is said to have remarked, ‘What wonderful hands he must have had’. The preacher said to him, ‘What do you mean?’ To which he replied, ‘Just think of an ass on which no one had ever sat and think of Jesus riding on it with people waving palm branches all around it and shouting for all they were worth. How difficult it must have been to manage that ass under those conditions. But Jesus did’” (D.T. Niles, The Power at Work Among Us, p14).
The hands of Jesus were strong hands. He had spent years working with wood in the carpenter’s shop in Nazareth and his hands had developed sinews and muscles that enabled him to shape and use wood. But they had done other things. When confronted with a hungry multitude he had taken hold of a few loaves and fishes and blessed them – and they had fed a big crowd. When a diseased leper came to him he reached out and, defying all laws and customs touched the man – a healing touch. Soon he would take bread and wine in his hands and bless them. Then the same hands would be nailed to a cross where he would bleed to death from his wounds and his agony.
And today he asks you to put yourself in his hands – once wounded and now glorified.
Lord into your hands I commit my life.