|Photo by Sallee Bonham Excerpt from Zech. 9:9|
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes to you: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding on an ass, and on a colt the foal of an ass.
Excitement filled the air as waving palm branches were laid upon the path before Jesus. The Pharisees were not happy that Jesus' arrival was being celebrated so publicly and told Jesus that they should not be so loud. Roman soldiers were watching the celebration closely to make sure Jesus was not trying to challenge Roman rule. Jesus' reply was completely unexpected. Jesus told the Pharisees that if the people were silent, the rocks themselves would shout out instead. Can you picture the Pharisees looking at each other in silence after Jesus said this? Looks of disbelief and then a nod of heads to indicate it was time to leave this crazy Nazarene and make a plan to deal with him.
Yes, Jesus knew what he had to do. The Pharisees would kill him in the end, BUT that was on his Father's schedule. Jesus knew the end result of his statement would be to increase the hostility of the Pharisees.
Rejoice Greatly Daughters of Christ
Rejoice greatly, daughters of Christ! Our King came to us and gave us salvation. Behold, He is still with us. Rejoice and shout because Jesus Christ, as a lowly man, fulfilled his role as Messiah by dying on a cross. The Son of God arose to Heaven and brought us salvation. Rejoice greatly, daughters of the Lord Jesus Christ!