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The Conquering King | Zechariah 9:9

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April 1, 2023 3:00 am

The Conquering King | Zechariah 9:9

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April 1, 2023 3:00 am

In this special episode, we are sharing Pastor Greg’s devotional thoughts on Palm Sunday. 

"Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt." Zechariah 9:9

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The Conquering King. Today's daily devotion from Pastor Greg Laurie. Our scripture reading today is from Zechariah chapter 9, verse 9. Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!

Look, your king is coming to you! He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey, riding on a donkey's colt. Often when Jesus performed a miracle, he would say something like, Don't tell anyone, my time has not yet come.

But ultimately his time did come, the time for him to go and voluntarily die on the cross. And the day we celebrate his Palm Sunday, Jesus did something we might call a real attention-getter. He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Now it may seem odd to us that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on what we think of as a humble creature. From our perspective, perhaps an Arabian stallion would have been more appropriate. However, the meaning was not lost on the Romans or the Jews.

It was a perfect choice. In Roman culture, a hero returning victoriously from war would ride in on a donkey as the crowd laid out palm branches before him. For the Romans, Jesus effectively was declaring himself a king. Also, the Jews knew when the Messiah came, he would be riding on a donkey. Speaking through the prophet Zechariah, God said, Rejoice, O people of Zion, shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem.

Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey, riding on a donkey's colt. This was something very significant and the people understood it. Add to this fact that Jesus was a wanted man.

There was a price on his head. The leading priests and Pharisees had said that if anyone knew where Jesus was, they should report it immediately. Jesus was playing his hand, if you will. To the Romans, he was declaring himself as a conqueror, and to the Jews, he was declaring himself as the Messiah. Jesus didn't enter Jerusalem as a helpless victim. He arrived as a powerful victor, marching bravely into battle.
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