Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. (Matthew 21:1-2)
The Donkey And The White Horse
Horses were not as common for daily use as was the donkey. Reserved for war the horse was a symbol of conflict. As Jesus approached Jerusalem with only days left in His ministry, He did not want to show the world He had come to bring war but peace. It was common for the donkey to be used as a symbol of peace as people lined the roads laying their clothes down in honor of the triumphal entry. Branches would also be laid in the road giving glory for the one honored. What a scene of conflict this must have been for Jesus as the people shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest” and within a short time the crowds would scream “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”
His final trip to Jerusalem ended with His death at Golgotha. The disciples were scattered as the Jewish leaders scowled with hatred watching their enemy die a most horrible death. Peace would come to man on the first day of the week when Jesus rose from the dead. This time it would not be on a donkey but a horse. The apostle John in the Revelation describes Jesus triumphal entry on the pages of God’s word as riding a “white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses” (Revelation 19:11-14). The King of Kings and Lord of Lords brought final victory when He entered Jerusalem on a donkey with palm leaves of peace and left Jerusalem on a white horse having victory over death, Hades and Satan.
Thank God for peace and war. Thank God Jesus brings peace to man and war to Satan. Thank God for the common animal who symbolized peace and the fierce creature who symbolized victory. Thank God He raised His Son from the dead and gave all of us a peace that passes understanding guarding our hearts and minds and assured us of victory over death with a white horse and Him who sat upon it.