“The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! The King of Israel!’ Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written.” JOHN 12:12-14 (NKJV)
Earlier in the Bible, in Zechariah 9:9, it was prophesied that the king would come “righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Our verses today beg the question…Why a donkey? It is believed, for one, it fulfills the prophecy in the Old Testament (God’s word is always true!), and two, rather than use a horse which was often a symbol of war in Jesus’ time, lowly animals were a symbol of peace. It also connected with the poor and oppressed that He came to serve and to save!
Don’t you just love that Jesus was so unpredictable? His ways were so incredibly wise and always had a deep meaning. Nothing that He did on earth was ever without thought or purpose! The verses today show us a God who was and is a peacemaker. The people expected their King to ride in on a horse and save the day, but He was lowered so we could be lifted, friends! He rode into the city bringing peace. Enjoy His peace today! His abundant peace is available to us when we simply ask.