Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9
Kings ride horses.
I did a Google search for pictures of kings for a recent school chapel service and a lot of those pictures have kings riding majestic white horses.
Many of those pictures have the king clad in shining armor, wearing a crown on his helm and brandishing a gleaming broadsword, leading an army of noble warriors.
And riding a powerful, usually white, warhorse.
Then there’s Jesus. He rides triumphantly into Jerusalem just days before He will die on a cross to save us all from sin, death, and the power of the devil.
The people are shouting, “Hosanna to the son of David!”
Basically saying, “He’s our king! Coming to save us!”
But this King Jesus is not riding a powerful, or even white, horse.
No, Jesus is riding a donkey. An insignificant, little, pack animal.
What’s up with that?
Jesus is making a bold statement riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.
His statement is that, yes, He is a king, but no, he’s not coming into Jerusalem as the King of kings and Lord of lords to defeat the Romans or the Jewish leaders in battle.
He rides a donkey to show that He’s the Prince of peace. He has come as the King who will reconcile God to the people, bring peace through the forgiveness of sins.
The time will come when Jesus will ride the powerful, white horse as King of kings and Lord of lords – but that’s not this time.
Now Jesus comes to fulfill the Old Testament prophecy of Zechariah that our King is humble, righteous, and brings salvation from sins to His people.
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