John 12:15 Fear not, daughter of Sion; behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.
Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.
Sion, Zion, Jerusalem all are terms used in Scripture for the same location: The capital of Israel. Home of the temple. The place of great significance to the Jews, to Jesus, and to our Heavenly Father. The daughter of Sion is the bride of Christ, or the church. THIS is the fulfilment of the prophecy we find in Zechariah. The Jews were expecting a king on a white steed even though the prophets foretold of a servant on a donkey colt.
This is Jesus last “fear not” statement of His earthly walk among us. Face set like steel toward the cross and our salvation. He repeats the prophecy of Zechariah.
In this the final week of Jesus earthly life, he will walk the roads of the city. He will “cleanse the temple” of those who are preying on the worshippers. He will speak of His power, His authority, and His mission. He will be abandoned and denied, He will be under great stress, He will make tough choices. He will feel the weight of all humanity on His shoulders. He will suffer. He will DIE! This is the journey He was destined to make. He lives this last week with intentionality. This week is why He took on flesh and was confined by space and time.
Why does Jesus tell Jerusalem to fear not? Because God said to REJOICE GREATLY, to shout because her King had arrived. The PROMISE is fulfilled!!!! How can He say, “Fear not” when He knows He will die a torturous death? Because He knows the “rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say. Read what The Revelation of John says:
Revelation 19:11-16 New King James Version
Christ on a White Horse
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had[a] a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,[b] followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp[c] sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS.
Yes, Jesus arrives to accolades, cheers, a laying out of the “red carpet” in coats and palm branches, as foretold by the prophets on a donkey to the utter dismay of the religious leaders. His entry was perfectly timed–the 10th day of Nisan on the Jewish calendar. Every “i” dotted and every “t” crossed. He has left nothing undone. He is for a brief moment acknowledged as the Messiah. These cheers are the people actually choosing their “Paschal lamb of sacrifice” for the Passover which will occur in four short days. This is His final week. He will pour much into His disciples. He will make the establishment livid. He knows He is on death row. Every breath, every encounter, every moment will be recalled by those who have followed Him. He knows full well what this week holds. He planned it. Amazing Grace. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD. Psalm 118:26.
Hosanna in the highest,