Words from the Heart for Saturday April 8th, 2017
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 (NLT)
Rejoice, O People of Zion
There was a very long wait from the time that the Spirit of the Lord announced this through the prophet until the day that Jesus would enter Jerusalem. This fulfilled word brings us even more confidence in the surety of the Word. God can be trusted while we wait and watch for His victory in our lives and in our world.
The support we receive from others can make a huge difference in our lives. Discouragement can quickly turn to joy when friends come around us and cheer us on. This was certainly the experience of Canadian Olympian speed skater, Gilmore Junio. In 2010, having just come off an injury, and having switched from short track to long track, he was at a low point in his life. He says this about that time in his life: “One of the greatest things I’ve ever experienced was the Vancouver games, seeing how much excitement and pride and emotion was involved … even in the moments when we didn’t win. Seeing that emotion was one of the biggest reasons I kept skating. Seeing how proud people were to be Canadian made me want to represent this country and keep going with skating.”
In Roman times, the form of transportation for a ruler made it clear to all who were watching whether he was coming as a peacemaker or a warrior. If he arrived on a horse, he came as the conqueror. If he arrived riding a donkey, he was coming in peace. We think of donkeys as weak and humble, but in Bible days, and in some countries of the world even today, donkeys are revered for their work ethic and they play a vital role in the economy of the nation. So when Jesus came into Jerusalem on the day that has come to be known as Palm Sunday, He did so on a donkey. It was clear to all who saw Him that He was not arriving in Jerusalem as the conquering hero, but as the peace bringer. This must have been a surprise to many, even among His closest followers. There were Jewish Zealots among the twelve and many saw the Messiah as the one who would overthrow the hated Romans. But those who knew the Hebrew Scriptures should have known. Zechariah 9:9 says “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.” Jesus came into Jerusalem just as was prophesied – to bring peace to human hearts.
These have been words from the heart.