Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey… Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double. Zech. 9:9-12
Lord Jesus, we’ll never exhaust the wonder and glory of this passage. Who is it that fulfills Zechariah’s breath-taking, heart-palpitating vision? It is you, and we welcome you and rejoice in you on this Palm Sunday. The first word of Holy Week was “Hosanna!”, the next word was “Crucify Him!” but the final word was “He is risen!” We praise, bless, and adore you.
No other king could vanquish warhorses, warriors, and all war, riding the foal of a donkey. No other king could break the battle bow and backbone of wickedness, by the brokenness of the cross. No other king could replace the dominion of darkness and the tyranny of evil, with an eternal reign of grace and peace.
And most definitely, no other king would give his life and death for the redemption of rebels and idolaters, like us. No other king can possibly make slaves of sin into prisoners of hope. None but you, King Jesus. Only you!
By the power of the Gospel, enable us to live as prisoners of hope and agents of redemption, until the Day you return to finish making all things new. So very Amen we pray, in your holy and matchless name.