Day 23 – The Coming King
The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the King of Israel!”
Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written, “Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”
At first His disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about Him and that they had done these things to Him (John 12:12-16).
This is the picture of a city welcoming a conquering hero. This was the only time when Jesus allowed Himself to be praised as King. The people of Jerusalem erupted with joy at the news of their coming Ruler.
- Did Jesus either look like or act like a king?
- Do you think Jesus expected this response?
- Why were the people so excited about Jesus’ coming?
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. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses 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 (Zechariah 9:9-10).
This paints the picture of our Lord’s coming for us. He was referred to as a king. He was “righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey.” He will speak to all peoples. He will have dominion over all the earth. This verse represents one of more than half a dozen clear prophesies describing the coming Messiah in the Book of Zechariah.
- Why would Jesus humble Himself to ride a donkey when an animal of stature, like a horse, could have been chosen?
- What connection do you see between this passage and John 12:15?
- Do you believe this is a fulfillment of one of God’s promises?