Saturday, August 13, 2016

King on a Donkey

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Zechariah 9:9-10

TO CHEW ON: "Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
    Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
    righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey"
Zechariah 9:9,


Would you expect a king to ride on a lowly donkey? Kings would usually come riding into town on war horses or decorated camels wouldn’t they? Yet when Zechariah predicted the coming of the King of Zion (Jerusalem), he said it would be on a donkey.


Fast forward about five hundred years to the time of Jesus. One day Jesus sent two of His disciples to a village to borrow a donkey. Then He rode into Jerusalem on its back. As he went through the streets the people began cheering. They took off their coats and laid them in the donkey’s path, just as they would for a king. They waved palm branches and cheered, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matthew 21)


Jesus was the special king that Zechariah predicted. But He turned out not to be the king of the nation of Israel, as the people then expected. Instead, He is the king of all time – the King of Kings and Lord of Lords Who died for us, rose again and is reigning in heaven now. If you have given Him your heart, He is your king. Some day all people on earth will honor Him as their king too. (Philippians 2:9-11)

If you haven’t bowed to Him as your king, you can, today. Tell Him you are sorry for the bad things you have done. Accept that He paid the penalty you deserved for doing those bad things when He died on the cross. He rose again so you and I can be free of the sins that once had us under their control. Now in gratitude we can serve Him for the rest of our lives as our loving, generous king.

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, You are my King. Help me to be Your worthy subject. Amen.

MORE: Predictions Coming True
This section in Zechariah is just one of many Bible prophecies that told details of Jesus’ life long before He was born. Below are six more prophecy predictions that came true. Use the letters in bold to make the title that the Jews called their expected savior.

1. He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).
2. He would be offered vinEgar to drink (Psalm 69:21).
3. Jesus’ Mother would be a virgin (Isaiah 7:14).
4. He would win over deAth (Isaiah 25:8).
5. Thirty pieceS of Silver would be paid for Him (Zechariah 11:12).
6. He would be pIerced (Zechariah 12:10).

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