April 24: | Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:9
“Rejoice abundantly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you righteous and having salvation is He, humble and mounted on a donkey, indeed on the foal of a donkey!” (Zechariah 9:9)
“But the crowd that was preceding Him and following Him cried out saying, “Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”” (Matthew 21:9)
Every so often the English monarchs make news across the pond here in America. I’m not much for following them, but they know how to make a splash. They have an innate ability to draw attention to themselves, whether good or bad.
Jesus knows how to be King. When it came time for him to enter his city of Jerusalem, he did it with the flare of the King, and humility almost never seen among monarchs. Jesus struck a balance between and confidence.
He entered the city on a colt, fulfilling prophecy. And his disciples knew who he was. They worshiped him as the King. Hosanna means, “The Lord saves.” Whether they realized it in that moment, they were honoring Jesus properly.
For the rest of the week, the religious leaders and many in Jerusalem would mistreat Jesus. But here he receives the proper praise. Whether he is riding the lowly colt or hanging on the cross, he deserves your worship.
Action Step: Worship the Lord with your whole being. Bow the knee to the King of the Universe. He deserves your worship and praise because he is the perfect King. He is humble and he is sovereign. No matter your situation, take time to show your Lord his worth to you.
Jesus, I bow before you today. I honor you in your presence. I lift your name high and glorify you. I talk about you in front of others. I am not afraid to proclaim your wondrous works and majestic miracles in my life.