Palm Sunday – King of Peace

Taking a short break from the Psalms in order to dedicate a weeks worth of posts to Holy Week.

The story of Palm Sunday is mostly known for the triumphant entry into Jerusalem – as read in the Gospels, in particular Matthew 21.  But what I want to highlight is the fulfillment of prophecy, which is quoted in Matthew.  Zechariah 9:9 says:

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 foal of a donkey.

The amazing thing about this is the fact that the Messiah, that most assumed would come as a concurring war hero, actually came as a humble king riding on a donkey colt.  He’s not even on an adult donkey.  It is a foal, which is meant to represent peace.  If he had come on a horse (and in fact he will come on a horse in the end times) that would have represented that he intended to bring war.

So the Lord entered Jerusalem and saved the world because he came in peace.  All of which happened according to his plan foretold many years earlier.  What an amazing God.

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