Matthew 21:4-7

This happened just like the prophet foretold:

"Tell my chosen people,
'The President will arrive for his inauguration
The epitome of humility,
He'll be riding in a rust-bucket,
In an old rattletrap.'"

The apprentices went to where Jesus told them, and brought back the rusted out Dodge Dart. After they had draped it with a few old Mar-a-Lago bathrobes, he took a seat on the hood.

This is a parody, a one-car parade. Jesus is openly mocking those who really are in power, who ride in posh inaugural Cadillac SUVs. Matthew construes it as an act of humility, and in a certain sense, it is. It's aim is the humiliation of the likes of Herod and Pilate and Caesar himself. This is Jesus, revealing that the emperor has no clothes.

Though the quotation of Zechariah is taken out of context – Jesus will not lead a bloody revolution ending in world domination – it is still apt. The sense of indignation against abusive rulers who care nothing for their subjects is preserved in Jesus' parody of them.

Consider, Jesus demonstrates that acts of defiance against unjust, bankrupt governments, are acts of faith. Reducing the pretensions of corrupt and careless rulers to the absurdity it really is, is an act of faith.

When we say we want to follow Jesus in faith, this is the kind of thing faith means.

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