‘Look, your King is coming to you.
He is humble, riding on a donkey—
riding on a donkey’s colt.’
My friends, the King is coming to you. But this King who is the only one who can save us, is humble and not driving a luxury car but riding on a donkey.
Jesus and his disciples were on the road to Jericho. They had already climbed most of the treacherous pathway that twisted and turned for 17 miles from Jericho up to Jerusalem.
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.’
They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them” However trivial this errand may have seemed, it was full of biblical and theological significance. It demonstrated that Christ had come to be the King. As Matthew explains, “This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: ‘Say to the Daughter of Zion, “See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”
One of my favorite classical music is the Messiah from Handel. One of the unusual features of the oratorio is how few it says about the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Messiah focuses on the incarnation, the crucifixion, and the resurrection, with only the briefest mention of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Of all the things that Jesus said and did between his birth and his passion, Charles Jennens as a friend of Handel, helped author the libretto and chose to include the triumphal entry. He alluded to it by quoting from the prophet Zechariah: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout O daughter of Jerusalem, behold thy king cometh unto thee. He is the righteous Saviour and he shall speak peace unto the heathen.” Jennens made a good choice: It was by getting on a donkey and riding into Jerusalem that Jesus announced that he was coming as Israel’s messianic king.
The people of Israel had always understood Zechariah’s prophecy to refer to the Messiah, to God’s anointed king. The prophet said: “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).
When Jesus mounted the pure-bred colt, as Zechariah promised, He presented himself as Israel’s promised king. By his actions, he was saying, “Behold, thy king is coming unto you.”
The Jews knew their Bibles, and many people in the crowd would have remembered the words of Zechariah and recognized what Jesus was doing. Some of them may have even remembered that when Solomon became Israel’s king, he was presented on the donkey of his father David (1 King 1:38-39). One clue that the people of Jerusalem recognized this connection is that, when they saw Jesus riding on the foal of a donkey, they said, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” In any case, by using that title, they were acclaiming Jesus to be their rightful king. They recognized that he had come “in the name of the Lord!”
The Good news is that Jesus, The King of kings is willing to come to our lives. Let’s welcome the King into our home, family, business, church, region and nation with shout of joy. As He is coming, let’s spread on the road our garments ahead of Him. Let’s have a party celebrating Jesus in the center of the procession shouting “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest” meaning “God saves”
Prayer: Thank you God that you have sent Jesus to become the King of Kings. I want to rejoice as I welcome Him into my life. Thank you Jesus that you are coming in a humble way to serve me. Today, I rejoice for your coming as you are the only Savior that can save me.
Quote: Let’s rejoice as The King Jesus is willing to come into our daily life like he entered Jerusalem.
Song: Hosanna in the Highest – Hillsong worship