Zechariah, hundreds of years before it took place, was inspired to give a prophecy of a coming major event. “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass” (Zechariah 9:9).
The time came and Jesus, in Matthew 21:1-4, instructed His disciples to go to a nearby village where they would find an ass tied, along with a colt. Jesus told them to take the animals and if anyone objected, simply reply that the Lord hath need of them. That would end any objections. This was done to fulfill prophecy. (The verse above is given again in Matthew 21:5). Then followed a most remarkable event. Jesus arrived in Jerusalem in a most unique way, amidst a lot of excitement. This was for Him to be offered and rejected. (See Verses 6-11). Even with all the excitement, Jesus wasn’t recognized for Who He is. In Verse 10, people asked about Jesus and in Verse 11, they were told that He was a prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. That was true as far as it went, but He was much more! God had ridden in, in the Person of His Son. With some wonderful exceptions, people were not ready for Jesus to rule in their lives as Lord and Savior. Many, in the crowds that attended His arrival, would later call for Him to be crucified. What can we learn from this? A lot of people today will say good things about Jesus. However, when He is presented as the One and only way to know God and enter Heaven, most reject that and refuse to surrender themselves to Him as their Lord and Savior. There is a future time coming when He will come in power and glory as King of kings and Lord of lords. Those who know Him will rejoice; for those that don’t, there can only be eternal regret! Selah! We have only a very brief time-frame to get it right about Jesus. That opportunity could vanish in a second. The decision to believe and receive can be made this very moment; the decision to reject leads to eternal consequences and can be experienced sooner than we might want to believe will happen. Ron
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