"Your Role As Witness"
Christmas time is when many
hear sermons and other teaching about the Christ Child, and
Mary, but today, let’s talk about the donkey. You may ask,
“What’s spiritual about the donkey?” I’m so glad you asked.
The scriptures do not give us details on which animals were
present when Mary gave birth, but very likely there was a
donkey, a cow, and/or a sheep. So, what is the importance of
any farm animal, donkey or otherwise, at Christ’s birth? It
could not help with the birth, it could not wrap the baby
after birth, why would God have his promised Messiah born in
a place where animals, instead of people, would more likely
be around? Our Heavenly Father has a purpose in all he does,
of what purpose was the donkey or other animals at Christ’s
Consider: the animals were witnesses. They saw everything
We also are witnesses to what Christ has done in our lives
and the lives of those around us. There may be times that we
wonder how could God use us, we are just... us! What purpose
could we serve in God’s scheme of things?
Well, what purpose could a donkey serve? The same animal
that likely carried Mary to Bethlehem, and carried Mary and
Jesus on the harrowing escape to Egypt, and whose distant
cousin carried Jesus into Jerusalem years later as people
shouted “Hosanna!” just days before they shouted, “Crucify
Him!” was a silent witness to the miracles God performed
about 2000 years ago.
We are now witnesses to the miracles God is performing in
our time. The difference, is that we have voices. We can,
and need to, tell people all around us of the miracles God
has performed in our lives and that he’s willing to do the
same for them.
We need to always
focus on Christ!
The blessing of
our Lord on you and all that is yours by blood, adoption or assignment!
A. E. Fuller