Luke 19:33 – And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?
Luke 19:34 – And they said, The Lord hath need of him.
Hello all, new blog time… and thinking of “Why loose ye the colt?”. Jesus was coming into Jerusalem where he would die for the sins of the world, and he told his disciples to go and fetch a colt for him to ride in on. The colt was tied up, and Jesus told his disciples exactly what to say and do. The disciples came to grab the colt, and the people standing by asked them… why loose ye the colt? Jesus told the disciples when the owners of the colt asked why they were loosing the colt to say to them “The Lord hath need of him”. And that’s how it happened, the colt was loosed, and Jesus rode the colt into Jerusalem.
Jesus likes setting things free. It is the gospel. Because our sin binds us up. We are all that colt. Tied up, stalled, not doing anything, no use to anyone, wasting away as the time ticks by. God wants us to get up and do. It’s a bit like the parable of the talents, the servant who hid his talent. We can all hide our talents, and just focus on trying to get through the to return of the Lord. But when he comes, he’s going to wonder what we did with the gospel, the time, the life, the opportunities he gave us. The world is wicked, in trouble, and needs the gospel. That’s what this life is all about. The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, sent to sinners, and whomsoever will… may come.
Jesus likes to set things free. He came to Lazarus’s tomb and there Lazarus lay, dead, bound up, and starting to stink! But just say the word Lord and he will live. Matthew 8:8 – The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. All Jesus needs to do is say live, or say go, or say Peace be still… and its done. And it’s his will that noone should perish but that all should come to repentance. It’s what the gospel is for, for sinners, those lost, those astray, those in need of saving. Jesus set Lazarus free, he was all bound up, and we get all bound up in life, our lives are utterly dead, and stink. But Jesus can turn it into life. He said, Lazarus come forth… and Lazarus came forth. Then Jesus said… loose him and let him go… ! Jesus came to set the prisoners free.. he wants to free us… give us true liberty, freedom, peace, life.
We need freedom. We are dead in sins, in transgressions, in deceit, in evil, in darkness, bound in chains of darkness. It takes the glorious light of the gospel… which is where the POWER of God is. The gospel shatters those chains. Just like when the angel came to free Peter from prison, the chains fell off, the door swung open in front of him. It was unbelievable to Peter, and it is utterly unbelievable today how a wretched sinner like me, like you, can be forgiven, pardoned, set free even while we yet hated God and were in rebellion to him and HATED him.
We are like Lazarus, we are like the colt, we are like Peter in the prison… we are those people that need to be set free by Jesus Christ. Set free from sin and it’s cruel dominion over us, sin that gets in the driver’s seat and drives us headlong into the depths of the sea, just as those devils drove the herd of swine, plunging us deeper and deeper into the murky hopeless depths. We need Jesus to turn up, to pass by, to just say the word and we will live. Ezekiel saw a bunch of dead, dry bones and God asked him… can these bones live? Ezekiel said, Lord thou knowest. And God breathed life into them and they lived. It takes the Spirit of God. Ye must be born again. Go to Jesus Christ, believe on him, what he did for you, who he is, his blood shed for you, heart belief that receives who he is and what he’s done and you will be saved.
People get bound up… but today is the day of grace, salvation wouldn’t be required if we didn’t need saving. We must be lost first in order to need saving. And we all need rescuing. He is the shepherd that fetches the lost sheep, lost in the wilderness. He found me, he can find you. The gospel is the power of God. We are that colt… do you want to spend your life aimlessly, bound up, tied up, going nowhere as that colt was? Do you want to live a dead life in the cave, as Lazarus was. Bound up hand and foot… it was the religious people that wanted to put Jesus to death for setting him free and loosing him… Jesus came to save the lost and the gospel, his blood breaks the power, penalty and presence of sin, smashes the devil, he made an open show of his utter victory over the devil, this world, sin, death. Jesus is utterly victorious. And because he was, he can set us free, forgive us, set us on our feet, pick us up, and take us to the other side. He is sufficient, his grace and mercies are sufficient every day, every morning, every second. The Lord hath need of him… that’s why the colt needs to be loose, for Jesus’ sake, for Jesus’ name, because of Jesus’ mighty shed blood for us sinful, wicked humans.
The gospel is the message of hope, the ray of light that shines brighter and brighter in this sin cursed dark world. It’s time to come to the cross of Jesus Christ and believe in him, believe what he’s done… not for others, for you. Because he did it for you. It was a good thing for the colt to be loose, as it was a good thing for Lazarus to come forth from the cave of death, from the darkness to life, and it was good for Peter to be set free from prison… Jesus came to set the prisoners free, he breaks the chains, he breaks the strongholds, roots it all up and out, and then comes the joy and peace of knowing it was finished on the cross once and for all. The works been done, we need but believe.
Luke 4:17 – And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luke 4:18 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 4:19 – To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luke 4:20 – And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Luke 4:21 – And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.