Text: Zechariah 9:9-12
9 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. 10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. 11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. 12 Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.
The prophecy directly points to Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, to the shouts of “Hosanna”- Save us. The people long expected their savior, from the House of David, to be a king like King David, a warrior, who would free them from Roman captivity. They had heard of His power to heal, even to raise the dead to life anew. But He was not to be such a king. In the book of Exodus, Moses wrote the Lord’s command concerning the coming Passover- On the 10th day of the second month, the Hebrews were to select lambs without blemish for sacrifice on the 14th day. This was no ordinary Sunday on which Jesus rode on that foal; no- it was the 10th day of the second month. God himself was providing the perfect Lamb for sacrifice, the Lamb without blemish, Who would rise victorious over sin and death. As God withheld the hand of Abraham, about to slay Isaac, and provided instead a ram caught in the thicket, so now, God provides, but now the ultimate sacrifice, His only Son, as our Passover Lamb. Look! He is riding into Jerusalem, and He will save the people.