Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, humble, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
Isn’t it amazing that Zechariah wrote these words over 500 years before Christ came on the earth? Remember Palm Sunday? There was Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey. You see, Jesus knew every single prophecy that had been written because He had, through His Spirit, given the words to the authors. He was preparing for His triumphal entry over half a century before it happened.
When is the last time you prepared for something with your kids? Maybe you made a trip to see family during the recent Christmas holidays. You probably packed your clothes and the presents you were taking. You probably gassed up the car and made sure it was ready for the trip. This verse tells us that Jesus did the exact same thing. He prepared way ahead for His “trip” to earth. He knew exactly when and where He was going, but He had to lay out the prophecies so we would know He was the long awaited Messiah.
As your children grow up they will make many trips to ballgames, friends’ houses and even vacations. Remind them that just as they prepare for these trips, our Savior prepared the way centuries ahead of time for His arrival. He cared so much for us that He actually prepared for His own sacrificial death. He came knowing He would die for us.
Don’t forget how quick the crowd turned on Him, too. One day they are cheering “Hosanna” and the next “Crucify Him.” He even knew that would happen, and He still came. Prophecy is important. Don’t read over this verse. Every “forthtelling” about Jesus is one more proof of His divinity.