“Jesus wasn’t sinless—He stole a donkey.”

Skeptics try to find sin in Jesus Christ, but they cannot. He was morally perfect. The above is about the best anyone can do, along with the claim that He disobeyed His parents, or He lost His temper when He cleared the temple.

In Matt. 21:1–6, Jesus instructed His disciples to go and get the colt and its mother, and told them what to say if someone asked what they were doing. Jesus said the owner would give permission: “immediately he will send them” (v. 3). It happened as Jesus told them it would, and the donkeys were released as He said they would be. Mark 11:6 says even more clearly that the disciples were permitted to take the donkeys by those who stood there: “So they let them go.” It isn’t stealing if the owner gives permission.

Matthew notes that this was a fulfillment of a prophecy given over five centuries earlier (Zech. 9:9), that the Messiah would enter Jerusalem rising on a donkey’s colt. It is not too difficult to imagine that our omniscient God knew where to find a suitable colt and a willing owner.

Matthew 21:2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.
3“And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

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