Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Zechariah 9:9 which says:
“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.”
Here, God is telling the people to rejoice, because their king who was victorious, came to them. But He came to them “lowly and riding on a donkey”. This was a prophecy for the coming Messiah. The Messiah, the coming king, would come on a lowly colt.
In the New Testament, we see this prophecy fulfilled. In Matthew 21:6-7:
“The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.”
In this passage, the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 is fulfilled. Jesus fulfilled prophecy by riding on the colt of a donkey. Jesus is the King who was prophesied to come, but we see here that Jesus did not come as a king who would destroy the Romans (although many Jews thought that was what the Messiah was going to do), Jesus came as a servant.
The fact that Jesus rode a donkey also has some significance: donkeys are called “beasts of burden”. Although this title does not seem to apply to Jesus, the King of kings, Jesus was a “beast of burden”. The reason that Jesus fits this title is because Jesus took the world’s burden of sin upon Himself and bore it when He died on the cross. When Jesus did this He opened a door for us to talk with God, and He took God’s wrath towards us (because of our sin) upon Himself!
Jesus saved us from God’s wrath; He saved us from our sin, and He saved us from the punishment that we deserved! Praise the Lord!
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland