“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.” Zechariah 9:9
We all know the scene. [insert children with construction-paper palm branches here] Hosanna, Hosanna. Finally, He’s here! It’s really happening, the Messiah, our salvation! Life is finally going to change, everything is going to turn out now. The streets of Jerusalem are rejoicing and celebrating. All for the wrong reasons.
The Messiah had come and life really was on the brink of utter transformation. The King was going to battle, but no one else knew what He did: He was going to die. This victorious King was riding in for the moment for which He will be exalted for all eternity: crucifixion.
Thousands of years later, and on this side of the empty tomb, we join with the crowds as Zechariah encourages us to, rejoicing and shouting in celebration, because we know what’s coming. This man “endowed with salvation” is about to bring it to the world.