Day 35

Next Time A Horse

John 12:12-16 (NLT) The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors 13took palm branches and went down the road to meet Him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!” 14Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said: 15“Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt.” 16His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about Him.
The prophet Zechariah had written 500 years earlier about the Messiah coming into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. The crowds that shouted that Jesus is the Messiah were some of the same people that would just four days later cry out for His crucifixion. The disciples and the crowd did not understand what was happening! Jesus would soon offer Himself as the sacrifice for their sin and our sin. The Messiah came humbly riding on a donkey this time!

The events recorded in John about a prophecy written 500 years earlier were in themselves a prophecy about a far distant event that would one day take place!

Revelation 19:11-16 (NLT) Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for He judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 12His eyes were like flames of fire, and on His head were many crowns. A name was written on Him that no one understood except Himself. 13He wore a robe dipped in blood, and His title was the Word of God. 14The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed Him on white horses. 15From His mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16On His robe at His thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
Today, Palm Sunday 2022, we remember the events of 2,000 years ago when the Jerusalem crowds briefly welcomed a humble Messiah riding alone on a donkey, only a few days later to see Him die on a Roman cross.

John, later writing in the Revelation, said the entire world will see Jesus, the Messiah, as we welcome Him riding a white horse as the True and reigning King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This year we welcome Him humbly by riding alone on a donkey soon to be crucified. The next time we will welcome Him riding a mighty white horse and coming with a Heavenly Army to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
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