What Would Jesus Drive?

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Ex 27-28; Matt 21:1-22

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21 When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus gave two disciples a task. He said to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter, you will find a donkey tied up and a colt with it. Untie them and bring them to me.  If anybody says anything to you, say that the Lord needs it.” He sent them off right away. Now this happened to fulfill what the prophet said, Say to Daughter Zion, “Look, your king is coming to you, humble and riding on a donkey, and on a colt the donkey’s offspring. The disciples went and did just as Jesus had ordered them. They brought the donkey and the colt and laid their clothes on them. Then he sat on them.

Now a large crowd spread their clothes on the road. Others cut palm branches off the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds in front of him and behind him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up. “Who is this?” they asked. 11 The crowds answered, “It’s the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.” (Matthew 21:1-11, Common English Bible)

When I was driving to the church yesterday, for some reason my mind went back to a question I first heard several years ago though I am not sure why. The question, “What kind of car would Jesus drive?”

Before starting to write this post I asked my friend, retired pastor Paul, the only thing he said (about a car),  “It wouldn’t be new.”

Back in the day I first heard the question I heard people arguing that Jesus was a fun guy surely he would drive a sports car. Another person said, “He is the King of the world, of course, he would drive a luxury car, probably a Rolls Royce.”

I think my biggest argument against the sports car was, “A two-seater would be pretty impractical. When someone said “Rolls Royce,” my response was, “Yes, he is King but remember, he was also king when he was born in a barn and had a feed trough for a bed.

“Well, he didn’t have any choice about where he was born or where his parents stuck him to sleep,” the Rolls Royce advocate responded.

I tend to think if Jesus was going to drive a car it would be something practical. Might he drive a hybrid? It would be something that got good gas milage and didn’t do any damage to the environment, wouldn’t he?

The more I thought about it, however, I thought Paul was right, something that wasn’t new and something practical. Then it hit me. He needed a beat up old school bus. The reason for beat up? I don’t think Jesus would spend money on something new and in better shape (though an argument could be made for the luxury car, perhaps a Tesla, in light of the costly nard poured on Jesus’ feet). But why a bus? Well, he did need something to haul all those disciples around.

So, why all this talk about what Jesus would drive when the lesson is the Triumphal Entry? Well, it is simple really. It is the only time I can think of that Jesus used something for transportation besides his own two feet. When people saw it, it wasn’t what they expected. When they saw it they didn’t understand. People never expected a donkey. Jesus was a king and they expected him to throw out the hated Romans.

A soldier ready for battle would ride on a stallion. Jesus wasn’t on a stallion, he was on a donkey. What would that mean? One riding on a donkey was one who came in peace. To me, Jesus’ real emphasis was that he was demonstrating to the world his role as Prince of Peace and not Christ the King.

In truth, I don’t know what Jesus would drive. I have my guess but it really isn’t any better or worse than what anyone else might say. It is, after all, just a guess. What I do know is, Jesus, sent a message to Jerusalem and beyond through all generations saying just who the Prince of Peace might be. Thanks be to God that we can have a relationship with One who can bring peace to our world and peace to our hearts and minds no matter what we might drive.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

 

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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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