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Palm Sunday: Who is this King?

“Shout and cheer, Daughter Zion! Raise your voice, Daughter Jerusalem! Your king is coming! a good king who makes all things right, a humble king riding a donkey, a mere colt of a donkey. I’ve had it with war—no more chariots in Ephraim, no more war horses in Jerusalem, no more swords and spears, bows and arrows. He will offer peace to the nations, a peaceful rule worldwide, from the four winds to the seven seas.

Zechariah 9:9-10 MSG

Today is Palm Sunday!

From the prophet Zechariah, we learn these four things about the coming King:

The King is righteous!

“For the time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will be a King who rules with wisdom. He will do what is just and right throughout the land.

Jeremiah 23:5 NLT

He brings salvation!

You, O God, are my king from ages past, bringing salvation to the earth.

Psalm 74:12 NLT

Jesus is the humble, gentle King!

Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 11:29 NLT

He is the peaceful King!

[Jesus] exclaiming, Would that you had known personally, even at least in this your day, the things that make for peace (for freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin and upon which your peace—your security, safety, prosperity, and happiness—depends)! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

Luke 19:42 AMPC

Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.

Today, with the Psalmist, may we lift the King’s praises and proclaim …

May he reign from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth (Psalm 72:8 NLT) and most of all, may he reign in our hearts and lives!


Assist us mercifully with your help,
O Lord God of our salvation,
That we may enter with joy
Upon the contemplation of those mighty acts,
Whereby you have given us life
And immortality; through
Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
With you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever.
(Anglican Book of Common Prayer)

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