“Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.”
In the days of Zechariah, a king entered cities riding on a warhorse in order to convey his military power.
The only exception to this custom was when a beloved king entered his own capital city. There he would ride in on a donkey. A symbol of a benevolent king.
Jesus, mounted a donkey, not a warhorse, and entered Jerusalem in peace.
This hope of the true king, riding on a donkey, led the crowd to shout: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
A few days later, they shouted, “Crucify Him!”
We read this story and we think the Jews were terrible people. But this story is not a story about Jews…it’s a story about us!
When Jesus rode into our lives to conquer our shame…to rescue us from our addiction…and to deliver us from the problems we’ve created for ourselves…we shouted, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”
But when He said we need to stop our lifestyle of fornication and adultery…when He said we should walk away from bribery, corruption, and mindless get-rich-quick schemes…we promptly responded, “Crucify Him!”
The enemy Jesus has to conquer is not an external being…the enemy is within us. And the cost of that victory is His own life…but He did it…and for that we must rejoice!
Lord, I rejoice and shout aloud that You would give Your life to pay the price for my treachery. I praise You as my beloved King for whom I have been waiting. Come and reign in my heart, my life and my world. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
Happy Palm Sunday!