Jesus is a different kind of king. He defies expectations. He disappoints. He didn’t ride into Jerusalem on a war horse. He didn’t come all savvy in the area of politics. He didn’t come to erect borders.
He did not come to meet our expectations of what a King should be like–he came to meet our deepest needs–our needs for salvation more than temporary political solution, our needs for repentance and let God be King and Lord over our lives, not ourselves, not our President, and certainly not any other human being.
Matthew rightly quotes Zechariah 9, but a fuller reading of Zechariah 9 reveals more.
“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. –Zechariah 9:9-10, emphasis added
So this Palm Sunday (marking the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes with Easter Sunday), as we celebrate the King, let’s seek to recapture his message–a message of peace, especially in these volatile times.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” –Matthew 5:9