Behold Your King

by Stephen F. Olford

"Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation" (Zech. 9:9; see also v. 10).

Thoughts: This is a truly remarkable prophecy of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem. All four gospel writers record the event (Matt. 21:1-9; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-38; John 12:12-15). Three salient aspects of Christ's kingship appear in our text:

The Majesty of the King: "Rejoice...Behold, your King...just and...lowly" (v. 9). We are invited to behold the majesty of His loftiness: "He is just [or righteous], (v. 9)." What a need we have today for righteousness in national, social, and personal life! This can only happen when Jesus reigns as King in our lives. We also behold the majesty of His lowliness: "He is...lowly" (v. 9). The genius of greatness is the ability to condescend. Man aspires, but only God condescends. Jesus humbled Himself to produce that same "mind" in us by means of His cross and risen life.

The Mastery of the King: "Behold, your King...riding on a donkey" (v. 9). As king, He claimed the donkey. His word to the owners was, "The Lord has need of [him]" (Matt. 21:3). No one questioned His "right of ownership"! He tamed the donkey: "The disciples...set Him on [the donkey]" (Matt. 21:7). This is incredible! It takes a minimum of eight weeks to break in a colt; and even longer to train the animal to behave in a crowd of shouting voices and waving palms! But Jesus was not only Owner, He was Master; He was King.

The Ministry of the King: "Behold, your King...having salvation (lit. "bringing salvation)" (v. 9). The purpose for which Jesus came into the world was to bring salvation to men and women, boys and girls (see Matt. 1:21). This is salvation from the penalty of sin (1 Cor. 15:1-4), the power of sin (1 Cor. 1:18), and from the presence of sin (Heb. 9:28). Jesus, as King, waits to make His majesty, mastery, and ministry real and redemptive in your life. Enthrone Him and then experience Him as King.

Thrust:Rejoice, the Lord is King!

Lift up your voice and sing;

Receive the Lord as King,

And let His reign begin!

S.F.O.