“Rejoice O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9
This is obviously the Messianic prophecy fulfilled by Jesus on Palm Sunday. What a remarkable event. He told a couple of His disciples to go into town and bring back a certain man’s donkey and colt. Jesus said to the disciples, “If he asks why you are taking the animals tell him the Lord has need of them and he will let you go.” Once again God’s providence was evident. He touched time and space and willed the fulfillment of this prophecy.
More important, this prophecy reveals the type of king Jesus came to be. He came humbly on a colt of a donkey and not on a great white steed. He came not wanting worldly attention and honor but something much more important. He “comes to you, righteous and having salvation.” Jesus rode into Jerusalem for the same reason He was born in a manger — so that He might die on the cross for our sins and bring salvation to us. Jesus lived on this earth for 33 years and His purpose never changed. Whether he was teaching, healing, admonishing, or dying, He was doing it as our righteous Savior.
Two thousand years later He has the same purpose. It is His extreme desire that you know Him as your righteous Savior. He wants you to intimately know of His love and grace for you. He wants you to rejoice and shout because, knowing who He is and why He came, you can’t help it.