But the fruit of the Spirit is …
Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
It was the beginning of the end for Jesus. He was at the peak of His popularity. Crowds were building wherever He went. Many in those crowds had been touched and healed by Jesus. The crippled were walking, the blind could see, the deaf could hear, and lepers had been pronounced clean by temple priests. You couldn’t beat that kind of publicity. Everything was building toward the Passover celebration. The city was teeming with people who had made the yearly trek from surrounding villages to worship in the holy city. Many of them were ready to crown Jesus King of the Jews. Even children had gotten into the act, tearing palm fronds off of trees and creating a green carpet ride for the Savior of the world. The opportunity would make a big time promoter salivate. And given this, Jesus chose to ride into town, in His moment of a lifetime, on a … donkey? Is this some kind of a joke? Were all the fine Arabian horses spoken for? Was a donkey all they could find?
No. The donkey was the animal of choice. Jesus even told his disciples where to find it. This was the king of the universe here — the one in whom all things were made that were made. He could have summoned every animal in the animal kingdom to escort Him into Jerusalem had He wanted to — a regular eat-your-heart-out-Disney Lion King entrance, and He chose a donkey, because He wanted to make a point. The point being: He’s a different kind of king from a different kind of kingdom. In His kingdom, you rule with humility. You lead as a servant with gentleness not with power, lording it over people. “Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord.”
The fruit of the Spirit is … gentleness. You do not match power for power. You do an end around, or you duck, or you choose the last place instead of the first. You follow the Spirit. and the Spirit hardly ever does it like we would do it. The Spirit throws curves that are impossible to hit, so that you will always know it was the Spirit and not you that got the victory.
The fruit of the Spirit is … gentleness. Think of all the fruits so far and they are all quiet, low-key, donkey-like rather than horse-like. They come alongside. They lift up; they don’t press down. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness … “against such things there is no law,” because no law can cause them or defeat them. They have nothing to do with the law, and everything to do with the Spirit. They are the fruits of the Spirit and they are evidence that God is in your life, and they remind us of how God works. It’s a different kind of kingdom with a different kind of king.