Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’
Look at Jesus! He rides no stallion, which is a war animal,
and he comes not with fearful pomp and power,
but sits on a donkey, which is no war animal but which is ready for burdens of work that will help human beings.
Thereby he shows that he does not come to terrify people, to drive or oppress them,
but to help them, to carry their burdens and take them on himself.
Without the cross, the Christian life and faith becomes something obvious and explicable,
Jesus becomes an idol whom we can comprehend, predict, and domesticate.
But a Jesus who could be mocked, spat on, and stripped is different.
Jesus, the favorite Child of God, is persecuted…
Without his accusing anyone he is considered an accuser,
without his condemning anyone he makes people feel guilty and ashamed,
without his judging anyone those who see him feel judged.
In their eyes, he cannot be tolerated and needs to be destroyed,
because letting him be seems like a confession of guilt.
When we want to become like Jesus, we cannot expect always to be liked and admired.
We have to be prepared to be rejected.