Prayer: Let your Words inspire me to live for you, O God. In Jesus’ name. amen.
How does a king come?
Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey… (v. 9)
When Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, as this prophecy from Zechariah predicts, were the people surprised? Were they disappointed? I think the Gospels show that they people were looking for a powerful king riding on a horse or in a chariot, not a meek and weak man riding on a donkey.
Like our devotion writer, have you ever gone back to visit a mentor where you were greeted with respect and in a welcoming manner? Were you surprised by the humbleness and the appreciation for your visit? Were you instilled with a sense that you mattered?
Our devotion writer explains; “the professor’s welcome made me feel valued and more confident in myself. Here, I thought, was a witness of Jesus in a humble, quiet, confident, and welcoming manner. Is this how people saw Jesus as he entered Jerusalem? Beneath the noise and clamor, did Jesus evoke confidence in them?
Those who came to know Jesus one on one, certainly felt Jesus’ appreciation for them. Jesus demeanor displayed confidence and a quiet humble authority. Such encounters would evoke an idea of God’s grace. What manners do we show to people we meet? Do we show how much we care even when we are busy? Do we make them feel valued, or beneath us? Do we show them respect, or are we riding on our high horse? Or are we riding on a donkey with calm authority and humble appreciation for their presence.?
Prayer: “Patient God, instill in me a welcoming heart for others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Coming Ruler of God’s People
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war-horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. 12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.