“Behold your King is coming to you, LOWLY, and sitting on a donkey…” – Matthew 21:5
The word lowly in this verse is the Greek praus (pronounced prah-ooce). It describes the humility and meekness of Jesus as He confronted His enemies who hated Him and wanted to crucify Him. As He entered Jerusalem lowly but confidently while riding on a donkey, He did so in a manner that was unassuming, mild and gentle. But don’t confuse Jesus’ meekness with weakness; on the contrary. His meekness was power under perfect control.
As followers of Jesus, we too must be meek in our character and strive to always maintain control of our emotions and corresponding actions. When the devil is using other people (sometimes even religious people) to hurt you, criticize you, assassinate your character, speak falsely of you, or slander your name, remember to bear it with patience and meekness – just as Jesus did. When we are able to endure these trials without retaliating and leave the vengeance up to God – that’s power!
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – Matthew 5:11-12
– Pastor Luis Yosefus