09/16/18 Riding on a Colt

READING: Zechariah 9

“Look, your King is coming to you.”

Zechariah 9:9

He was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but He came riding into Jerusalem not on a white horse as victor, but on a borrowed colt as one who brings peace. The son of the carpenter rode into the holy city with crowds honoring Him with their words.  

Zechariah had spoken of that time centuries before—“Look, your King is coming to you; he is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zech. 9:9)—and Jesus was bringing that prophecy to fruition (Matt. 21:5, John 12:15). He would be righteous, bringing salvation to His people, humble though He was the king, and establishing a kingdom of peace. 

In contrast to the Hebrews’ desire for a political savior and king in Jesus’ day, the one on the donkey was the Messiah. He did not come as human warrior/conqueror; instead, He came as God’s obedient son to do the will of the Father. Victory and salvation came through His willingness to suffer and die for the world.

Nevertheless, the people in Jesus’ day who placed palm branches at his feet and proclaimed “Hosanna” were also the same crowd who would soon thereafter cry out for His crucifixion. I pray that my commitment to Jesus is deeper than that. He truly is the King. 


  • Honor Jesus as King by serving Him with all your being today. 
  • Ask God to make you humble today, even if He must deal strongly with your ego. 

PRAYER: “God, help me to serve You by humbly giving my life to You.”