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About-Him.Com Devotional 04-12-2014
Our Lord’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
The prophet Zechariah prophesied of the time when Jesus would make His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Note the words, ”Thy King,” highlighted above. In the preceding verses, Zechariah described a time of tribulation and hardship that Israel would endure at the hands of alien kings such as Tyrus and Alexander the Great, because of God’s judgment.
Zechariah said that Zion should shout with joy and enthusiasm when they see their king. No longer should they have to endure the cruelties of foreign despots. No more slaughter, deportation and slave labor, assuming of course that they actually received Him as their King.
Zechariah said, “Thy King cometh unto thee.” He would be the One who could identify with all of their national distinctives, because He was one of their own.
John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Hebrews 2:14 ¶ Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
He would be just, simply meaning perfect and without sin.
Romans 3:26 To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
He would offer salvation.
Luke 1:77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
He would be lowly, riding upon a donkey.
The donkey was a beast of burden and certainly a symbol of lowliness. People today breed and show of their fine horses. I don’t recall ever hearing of a donkey show. When the God of heaven humbled Himself in such a manner, is that not the example that we should follow?
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Tomorrow, we’ll celebrate our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem in fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophesy. Next week we’ll remember His resurrection. A lot happened between these two events, eh?
In John 15:12-19 we read how Zechariah’s prophesy was fulfilled. Jesus was very popular at this time. The news of the resurrection of Lazarus had been spread far and wide. People were flocking to see this miracle worker. Some proclaimed Him as the Messiah who was coming in the name of the Lord. They understood this name as containing all of the power and authority of God. They were correct in that, but their motives were wrong. They were willing to receive Jesus as King, but repenting and accepting Him as Savior was another matter which required acknowledging that they were in need of a Savior.
Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
It’s easy to see the wrong motives of the people who were celebrating our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem, but more to the point, what are my motives? Is He my King? Do I accept Him as the only just and righteous One, who desires to fill me with His righteousness in place of my own? Do I recognize that He saved me because of His mercy and not because of any righteous deeds that I may have performed (Ti. 3:5)?
Most of all, when the KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS returns, will I “rejoice greatly” with shouts of joy at His coming? Or will I hear Him say, “Depart from Me (Mt. 7:23)?” That’s up to me to decide in the here and now. Tomorrow may never come.
Revelation 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
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