John 12.14-16 cont.
14 Then Jesus, having found a young donkey, sat on it, even as it has been written:
15 Don not be afraid, daughter of Zion; look your kings comes, sitting on a young (a colt) donkey.
16 At first the disciples did not understand these things, but when Jesus was glorified they remembered that these things had been written about Him, and the things that they did to Him.
John refers to Zechariah 9.9; the full quote is: Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet He is humble, riding on a donkey—even on a donkey’s colt – (NLT).
Without a doubt this is a prophecy about the Messiah. The Jews would have understood this, and would have realised the implication of what they were proclaiming.
We can only imagine the sense of excitement and anticipation that would have been arising within the vast crowds welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem. Maybe their thoughts were on the Scripture that this was the year of the Lord’s favour, which is a prophecy from Isaiah 61.2 and which Jesus quoted in Luke 4.19: To preach the year of the Lord’s favour.
Many of them would have seen for themselves the works of power that Jesus had done, many more would have heard about them. The words of wisdom and authority that came from the lips of Jesus would have been a cause for wonder and amazement to many who were now heralding the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem, the city of David. He also had made a joyful entry into Jerusalem when escorting the ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6).
The crowds were welcoming Jesus, not just as a wise and wonder working man, they were acknowledging that amongst them was their Messiah, God’s Anointed One.
How do we welcome Jesus?
How do we proclaim Jesus?
In his well known carol: Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Charles Wesley captured the essence of how to welcome Jesus:
Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”
The crowds welcomed Jesus as He passed by.
As we daily welcome Jesus we know that He stays with us, and that He is our Saviour and our Lord.