Do not be afraid, O Daugther of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt. NIV
After a long break, I’m back to searching my King James concordance for listings of the word fear. The fear pages are filled with check marks next to reminders that I’ve already found. And, there’s a coffee stain where I had an unfortunate spill one morning.
I was so pleased that this verse was next. It comes from the story of Palm Sunday, and the verse before it sets it in context, “Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,” NIV
As it is written …
Such a beautiful, comforting phrase. Jesus fulfilled all of the prophesies that were made about him. In this case, Palm Sunday fulfills Zechariah 9:9, which says, “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” NIV
But, the text of the verse holds today’s reminder: Do not be afraid, see, your king is coming.
My king has come. He fulfilled everything that was foretold about Him. He was crucified. He died. He was buried. And, on the third day, He conquered death and arose.
My king lives.
One Easter, right after I had accepted Christ, my parents and I went to church, as usual. The sanctuary was small. It seated maybe 150 people, and every seat was taken. The building was built of concrete block, and there was no carpet on the floor. Because sound echoed through the room, talking in the sanctuary was pretty much frowned upon. If I needed something, I could whisper to one of my parents.
As we were all sitting quietly waiting for the service to begin, one of the youth stood from the back row and announced very loudly, “HE is alive!” I nearly jumped out of my nine-year-old skin, I was so frightened by the sudden noise. Then a girl stood, and said the same thing, “He is ALIVE.” And, then immediately, someone else said, “He IS alive.” All of a sudden, all of the youth burst from the back of the sanctuary, shouting and singing. As they made their way up the aisle, I was so excited. I wanted to jump up and go with them.
It was amazing. I remember thinking, “This is what heaven will be like.”
HE is alive. He is ALIVE. He IS alive.
My Redeemer lives … ultimately, there are no worries.
That’s what I’ll think about today.