Who Is This King?

Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!

Look, your king is coming to you.

He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey–riding on a donkey’s colt.

I will remove the battle chariots from Israel and the warhorses from Jerusalem.

I will destroy all the weapons used in battle, and your king will bring peace to the nations.

His realm will stretch from sea to sea and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.

Zechariah 9:9 & 10

Who is this king?

Who is this man that people are swarming, desperate to get a glimpse of? Who is this carpenter that people are making a royal path for him? Who is this teacher that has rallied a crowd and incited hope? Why does the crowd shout?

“Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David! Praise God in highest heaven!”

Who is this king?

For those who are paying attention, Zechariah tells us plainly.

He is righteous.

He embodies justice and rightness. No more oppression of the poor while the wealthy take bribes and get richer by the day. He rules with equality for all. Everything he does is good and right. He makes wise decisions that are GOOD for his people. He breaks the rod of the oppressor and sets the captive free. He rules in truth and integrity, and he is always trustworthy.

He is victorious.

For those who are patient, for those who have faith and perseverance, we will see his victory. He WINS. Of this we can be sure: if we are in his kingdom, we are on the winning team. His kingdom is one of hope because our king’s victory will have the last say.

He is humble.

He doesn’t show off. He isn’t arrogant. He doesn’t have a giant ego that needs to be fed with displays of obscene grandeur. He doesn’t require a big fancy show of homage and he doesn’t force himself upon us. He comes to us as a servant, washing our feet and bandaging our wounds. He doesn’t blaze into town on a chariot, or even a majestic stallion. He comes to us on our level, riding a baby donkey.

He is an establisher of peace.

He brings peace and he maintains peace. His dream is that his people everywhere would cease their fire, and come to rest from striving. And because he is victorious, we know his dream will come true. His kingdom puts an end to violence–our swords will no longer be needed. Our weapons of war will be completely demolished or transformed into tools of a thriving community, because peace reigns. Under his rule, war ceases. And there will be no end to his peaceful kingdom.

who is this king

Who is this king?

He is the king above all other kings. And he is a king unlike any earthly ruler from any time. He is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. He is not controlled by greed, but by generosity out of his great abundance. He is not controlled by fear or paranoia, but by boundless love.

This king is good. This king is trustworthy. Let’s spend this Holy Week in adoration and worship of our worthy king.

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