Donkey or Horse? War or Peace?
The Bible has two stories of Jesus arriving in the ancient city of Jerusalem but mounted on different animals. In the first story (John 12:12-16), the Gospel writer John, speaks of Jesus riding a donkey as he is acclaimed by crowds of local people who toss their garments on the pavement and cut down palm branches to wave in exuberant celebration – the royal prince of peace has arrived. The donkey was long seen as the animal depicting peace (Zechariah 9:9-10). The Prince seeks not to take the city by force; those present are free to declare their allegiance to him or else to ignore him.
In the second story (Revelation 19:11-21), the same writer, John prophesies that Jesus will return a second time to the city, but this time mounted on a white horse – the steed of a conquering king. At this
appearance there will be no choice about whether one should or should not bow the knee in homage to him. We are told, “that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, … and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord [King]” (Philippians 2:10-11).
The choice we make in response to his coming in peace will determine the outcome of our eternity following his second coming. It will be either heaven or hell. Choose wisely.
from Frank Eames