See Your King

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.

Three gospels record this incident at the end of Christ’s ministry.  All three, I believe, have the same intent which is to prove their Master fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah.

Look at the text above and ask what does it mean?  Take both of the first sentences, for instance, why should there be rejoicing and shouting?  What is going on in the prophet’s text that would inspire such an expression of joy?

If this text actually points to Jesus’ riding into Jerusalem, then we have a messiah.  But realize this as well:  Jesus knew these prophecies, so couldn’t He have manipulated the scene by setting up the specific points mentioned here?  This question probably occurred to the leaders in Jerusalem as well for their reaction said it all,  “Look, the whole world has gone after Him!”  And, yes, their whole world was out blessing God in the person of Jesus and celebrating the man riding on the donkey’s colt.  Their worst fears were realized, the loss of power loomed large because of a no-account rabbi from a small village.

Jesus knew the prophecies well, that is true.  What is also true is that these same prophecies were guidelines by which He structured His ministry so that what was predicted in the past would be followed to the letter in the present in order to be firm evidence for future generations.  God knew what He was doing as did Jesus.  The Master didn’t manipulate the circumstances to fit the prophecies or visa versa, He didn’t need to because He was the real deal.  Jesus’ miracles spoke to His power from on high; His understanding of Scripture showed itself in how easily His teaching reached even the lowliest person who heard it.

In other words, He shined a light on the world and it responded.  Yes, He knew Scripture predicted the things He did, but that’s the beauty of it, He did them because He was the fulfillment of them.

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One Response to “See Your King”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    I’m on a break from work right now. I watched Oprah yesterday where she interviewed the son of Jim Jones. I watched as Jim Jones began in the right way but the power, sin and hypocrisy led him off course. It’s an age-old story. When something threatens to upset what we believe to be true it’s hard to believe or allow to live. We must always watch ourselves for these characteristics that the bible and the modern day examples so clearly show us.

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