“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”.
Zechariah 9:9 NIV
We all wonder what the future holds. More than that we play all manner of “games” to see if we can find out what’s going to happen. Some predictions are positive and some are negative depending on the outlook of the person making the prediction.
The people who wrote the books of the Bible had a unique attitude to time. They had learnt about the past and found God working in it. It made them believe that the future was in God’s hands as well. They looked at the future in faith. When the prophets applied their minds to it, they said, “Since mankind began with a golden era of bliss and peace in the Garden of Eden that was spoilt by human sin, he will one day return and re-assert his undisputed rule in Israel”. According to Zechariah that golden age would be inaugurated by God’s chosen representative riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.
Jesus knew the Old Testament, and he knew this prophecy. He understood the deep underlying yearnings and hopes that it enshrined. By initiating the events of Palm Sunday he was enacting the prayer he taught us for all time, “Thy Kingdom come”. He was acting out a prayer for peace, for wholeness, for justice, for godliness and for truth. The world still yearns for peace and justice, even in the middle of terrorism, war, crime and injustice. The top level conferences of world leaders still plan to bring in, item by item, greater peace and justice. And we still pray for it.
Ride on, ride on in majesty.