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“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the a foal of a donkey.” – Zechariah 9:9

Most scholars will agree that this portion of scripture was written sometime around 415 B.C.  It is remarkable that this prophecy was satisfied in every way and that every word was fulfilled in whole.  Such is the truth of all the Old Testament prophecies that Jesus Christ fulfilled during His lifetime.

On Palm Sunday over 2,000 years ago, Jesus told His disciples that He needed to borrow the services of a donkey that had never been ridden, and they did so (Mark 11:2-4).  The reason He needed a donkey which had never been ridden was to show His regality and His kingship, as it was a custom in that day.  But riding in Jerusalem on a donkey also showed His humility.

As He made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem on that Sunday so long ago, He was given “the red carpet treatment” as people laid down palm branches and their coats along the way.  But there was something wrong with what they said that day.  “Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting: ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord;  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest!'” (Mark 11:9-10).  Notice that they are praising the coming kingdom of David.

David was a good king of Israel, and who was a man after God’s own heart.  During his reign, he caused Israel to grow in strength politically through war and conquering.  But Jesus coming wasn’t to conquer the world politically, but to conquer the world spiritually.  After all, He came to “seek and save that which is lost” (Matthew 18:11).

What images do we have of Jesus today?  Do we see Him merely as a forgiver of sins, if we flippantly ask forgiveness, but have no intention of repentance?  Do we see Him as a big Sugar Daddy who will give us whatever we want if we use that magical little spell “in Jesus name” when we pray?  Perhaps we see Him as one of many paths to God.

The truth of the matter is that Jesus is not who we say He is, like the people of Jerusalem tried to do, but He is who He says He is.  He is the Christ, the son of the living God.  He is the King of Kings, and The Lord of Lords.  He is the Alpha and Omega;  He is the way, the truth, and the life;  He is the Good Shepherd.  And He is coming again.

Let us make sure that our images and thoughts of Jesus are in line with those of the Holy Bible.  And let us live like He is coming again.

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