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.
That was quite the exciting run the Cowboys gave us last week, wasn't it? Sure, it would have been great to see them win a few games in the NCAA tournament, but how much fun was it to see “Wyoming” when you filled out your bracket!?
Speaking of those brackets, they got me thinking this week. I find it kind of amazing that so many people take the time to fill one out! Even people who NEVER watch college basketball will fill out a bracket and enter it into a pool with family and friends. If you’re like me, you probably picked your favorite teams to go pretty far.
But, I’m guessing Coach Shyatt and this year’s team probably don’t care that I had them going to the elite 8 in one of my brackets. For the coaches and the players who actually get to participate in the NCAA tournament, they can’t focus on projections or potential match-ups. They have to take it one game at a time.
I’m not gonna lie, as I worked through my calendar this morning, I was a bit surprised to see that Easter is only one week from this Sunday! It’s crazy how fast big days like Easter can sneak up on you. That being said, as exciting as it is to know Easter is right around the corner, let’s be careful not to miss what happens THIS Sunday. Let’s take it one Sunday at a time.
This Sunday we’re going to celebrate a day called Palm Sunday. We’re going to celebrate the day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a young donkey while people waived palm branches and praised him.
Some people look at this event and see humility. After all, Jesus didn't ride into Jerusalem on the finest warhorse, he rode in on a colt, the foal of a donkey. But if we only see humility this Sunday, we’re missing a huge statement. In Zechariah 9:9, some 500 years before Jesus was even born, we hear our God tell his people to “Rejoice greatly…!” He says, “See your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” In Zechariah 9:9 we hear God telling his people that the Savior he promised to send, the King, would come to them, gentle, and riding on a donkey.
That impacts the way we look at the Sunday BEFORE Easter! Palm Sunday is not about a parade. It’s not about palm branches and coats on the road. It’s not even about a song that people sang with a word that’s hard to spell (Hosanna!). This Sunday is about a statement Jesus made. “I’M THE KING. I’M THE KING PROMISED IN ZECHARIAH 9:9!!”
Looking forward to seeing our King ride into Jerusalem with you this Sunday,