Reading from Mark 11:1-3
And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,
2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.
In Mark 11:1-3, I find a portion of scripture very encouraging to my heart. The bible says, speaking of Jesus, “The Lord hath need of him.” It’s hard for us to imagine the Lord actually needing anything. Oh sure, as a man he needed certain things to stay alive, but this is not in those terms. What was being implied was that Jesus needed something in order to fulfill prophecy. In this case, he needed a colt of an ass to ride into Jerusalem, or what we now call, “The Triumphal Entry.” This provoked the thought, Does Jesus need us? The answer is yes. That’s not to say that Jesus is needy but that he has so ordained things to happen in a certain way so that we are a necessary part in its fulfillment. Jesus said, “I will build my church…” but he instructed his disciples to be the mouth piece he uses to accomplish this.
Hey, child of God! The Lord hath need of you! He needs you to care about the souls of those for whom he died. But how can you? You can by allowing His Spirit to reign in your heart. Love what he loves. Hate what he hates. Grieve over the same things He grieves over.
He needs for us to sacrifice for them. He needs for us to give above and beyond. If it doesn’t cost then it’s not sacrifice. The sacrificial lamb was not to be lame, blind or diseased, but the first lamb of the flock, a male without blemish. The sacrificial lamb was to be the one with the most amount of value attached to it.
He needs for us to tell others how they can be saved. Yes, He could make the rocks cry out, or the birds to sing the gospel sweetly in the trees, or the animals to preach it. He could have written it in the sky for all to see and believe, but he ordained the preaching of the gospel by saved sinners to lost sinners. Dear Christian, the Lord hath need of thee.