Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Our King is Coming - December 15, 2010

Zechariah 9:9-10 (New International Version, ©2010)
9 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.

10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River(Euphrates) to the ends of the earth.

In the years after the Jews returned from their Babylonian Captivity,500 years before Christ's birth and during the reign of the Persian king, Darius the Great, a prophet emerged in Jerusalem and prophesied about a coming king. His name was Zechariah, meaning "God has remembered". The main emphasis of the book of the Bible he authored was that God is at work and plans to live again with His people in Jerusalem, and that He will save them from their enemies and cleanse them from sin.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on the way to his ultimate crucifixion and sacrifice for our sins, he fulfilled this prophecy to the letter. It doesn't mean much to us, because we have the benefit of the entire Bible, but to those who had been looking foward to the coming Messiah, this act of Jesus fulfilled yet another Old Testament prophecy that authenticated that he truly was the one whose coming was promised.

John 12:12-16 (New Century Version)
12 The next day a great crowd who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast heard that Jesus was coming there. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Jesus, shouting,

"Praise God!
God bless the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
God bless the King of Israel!" — Psalm 118:25–26

14 Jesus found a colt and sat on it. This was as the Scripture says,

15 "Don't be afraid, people of Jerusalem! Your king is coming, sitting on the colt of a donkey." — Zechariah 9:9

16 The followers of Jesus did not understand this at first. But after Jesus was raised to glory, they remembered that this had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.

Follow me on my Advent journey as I travel the path that God has prepared for us back to Himself. Follow the path of "the coming" of our Lord and Savior Jesus.

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