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. Zechariah 9:9
Prophesying to a future time, Zechariah talks of a king who comes in victory and righteousness to the city. This king comes in on a foal of a donkey, rather than a horse. The king is later to be seen as Jesus when He rides into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey.
Leaders who want to show their power and authority will usually enter with a show of power and authority. They will not enter quietly and no strength. Kings will usually have a big fanfare ahead of them announcing their arrival. There have been leaders who place their army before them as a show of power when they enter an area.
While all of these ways do show some power and authority, none of them shows true power and authority. Coming in on a foal of a donkey appears that one has no authority or power, yet, can show solid confidence in who one is.
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, He did not have to show off His power and authority. The people had already seen His power in the healings that had already occurred. He had already shown His great love to the people and His willingness to serve them.
The people expected Jesus to overrun the Roman government in force. Jesus came to fight a spiritual battle against sin. This is done with love and humility, not by force. He entered with victory in knowing that in the end He would win the battle. This shows true authority and power.
There are believers today that try to enter an area by force. The physically fight for the ways of God and refuse to show humility and love.
As a believer, you need to be like Jesus. Be willing to ride the low foal of a donkey. Do not ride in with pride and greed. Show love, mercy and service to the people. These are the things that will draw people to God, not a show of power only. Walk in the confidence you have in Christ Jesus. He has given you all authority and power on this earth, not to lord it over people, but to serve and love them into the kingdom.
Rejoice for what Jesus did for you today!
I pray today that you will know the humility Jesus had for you; that you will know the true power of God in your life; that you will show God’s love and power to the world; and that many will come to Jesus through you.