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Zechariah 9-11, Psalm 123

Riding on a donkey doesn’t seem cool to us, but when Jesus fulfilled Zechariah 9:9 on the first Palm Sunday, not only were there many Old Testament resonances in view (see 1 Kings 1:33-44), Jesus is showing that he is in charge. You wouldn’t expect a president to roll into town on a tank, but rather a limousine. In the same way, Jesus, the true King of nations, rolls into town as Zechariah promises on a donkey, like Solomon before him. Jesus is demonstrating His ability to “proclaim peace to the nations” and “rule from sea to sea.” Ephraim might need chariots, and Jerusalem warhorses (Zechariah 9:9), but our King doesn’t need to prove His power. Donkeys are humble, but in riding this beast into town in the so-called “triumphal entry”, Jesus is showing the sort of King He is, not one that comes with false victories, insecurities, and in need of a show. Rather, Jesus comes into town with nothing to prove, for he knew, “because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners.” Zechariah 9:11

 

Jeremiah Vaught