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. [Zech 9:9]
The Sunday before Easter is celebrated in some churches as `Palm Sunday’. It marks Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem when crowds of people spread their cloaks and palm branches on the road and hailed him as Messiah-King, the Son of David. Matthew’s record of this event sees it as fulfilling the Messianic prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 [Matt 21:4]. During OT times if a king came in peace he would ride on a donkey instead of on a war stallion. Jesus’ choice of a donkey’s colt to enter Jerusalem reflected both his humility and his peaceful intentions. But he was clearly also fulfilling OT messianic prophecy and accepted the people’s enthusiastic acknowledgment of him as the long-awaited Messiah-King.
King Jesus is humble, but he is powerful. As Servant-King he rode a humble donkey, washed his disciples’ feet and submitted himself to a common criminal’s death on the Cross. But as Conquering-King he commanded the forces of nature, rebuked the powers of darkness and dealt a crushing death-blow to Satan by his death on the Cross: [Christ] disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross [Col 2:15].
Jesus is our conquering King and when we follow our Lord in passionate devotion he will always leads us to victory: But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession [2 Cor 2:14]. Are you facing circumstances that are pulling you down and threaten to depress you because they seem out of control? Do you feel Satan’s breath in your face as he seems to be taking the upper hand in the struggle over your life and family? Take heart…take authority over the enemy – whatever victory you need today, you’ll find it as you turn and fix your eyes on Jesus, your triumphant King!