Zechariah 9:9 "Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey ⏤ riding on a donkey's colt."
John 12:12-19 "The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted,
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!
Hail to the King of Israel!"
Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:
"Don't be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey's colt."
His disciples didn't understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.
Matthew 21:1-6 As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of them on ahead.
"Go into the village over there," he said. "As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will immediately let you take them."
This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said,
"Tell the people of Israel, 'Look the people of Israel, 'Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey ⏤riding on a donkey's colt.' "
Jesus came into the world after thousands of years of preparation for the Messiah. The life he lived until he turned 30 years old was culminating to his last three years.
Three years. He was in ministry for only three years. His life ended at age 33.
His ministry began with his baptism from his cousin John at age 30 and gained more and more visibility. Jesus didn't call attention to himself, and yet the people listened, they followed, they accepted. Jesus spent his days pointing out ways of life, wisdom of hearts, planting the seed of God's Word deep within, and serving others as He was calling them to follow Him. His life in those three short years gave us enough to get a glimpse of God and to come into relationship with Him.
This coming Sunday, we will celebrate the day the Israelite people accepted Him as their King. But it was short lived acceptance. The waves of people's acceptance doesn't ever have the end say on how our impact will be viewed in life. It didn't have the end say on Jesus' life either.
Jesus is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. He lived. He rode a donkey into Jerusalem. The people cried out "Hosannah" and they laid out palm leaves across the path to keep the dust from gathering around the King's garments. Holy, holy, holy. Jesus is the man, the son of God, the holy one.
May God be glorified in our remembrances of this coming celebration.
Robyn & Biff Cox
Robyn Rochelle Cox
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