Key Verse: 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
We’ve probably all had the same experience of looking for something that we couldn’t find. In our mind, we seem to remember putting it in a blue box on the shelf, but when we look, it’s not there. We search for it, but can not find it. Eventually, you see it, and it’s been in front of you the whole time, but you missed it because it was not in the blue box where you expected it to be.
Most of the people who lived in Jesus day had a similar experience. They had been waiting for hundreds of years for their King to come, but when He came, they missed Him because He was not what they were expecting. They were waiting for a mighty King, not a little baby. They were waiting for a political deliverer, not a lowly Savior, riding on the foal of a donkey.
520 years before Jesus was born, Zechariah told the people to watch for their king “righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey.” Instantly as we read these words, our mind is brought to their fulfillment on what we now call Palm Sunday. Matthew 21:7 says, “They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.”
It’s hard to imagine how people could have missed the connection. Matthew certainly didn’t because he wrote, “This took place to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet” (Matthew 21:4). But many people still miss Jesus because they have the wrong expectations of Him.
Don’t let appearances fool you. We must not miss that while Jesus came as a baby, and humble servant, He was still the Almighty. In the UK, our Queen is a figurehead, despite the grandeur of big homes, horses and chariots, army and so on, she has little authority to do anything without the agreement of Parliament. Jesus was the complete opposite, at times he had nowhere to lay his head (Luke 9:58), but at the same time, He held the universe together (Colossians 1:17).