“Rejoice greatly O daughter of Zion, Shout O daughter of Jerusalem, Behold , the King cometh unto thee, He is triumphant , and victorious, Lowly, and riding upon an ass, Even upon a colt the foal of an ass.” Zechariah 9:9
This is a prophecy that foretold when Jesus would be coming into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The people laid down palm branches along the road. People in the crowd ask, “Who is this?” Others would respond, “This is the Prophet Yeshua, from Nazaret in the Galilee.” They were shouting “Hoshia-na to Ben-David! Baruach ha ba b’shem Adonai! Hoshia-na in the highest!” This word, hoshia-na, is a shout of praise but actually means “save” or “help.” Isn’t it interesting that on Palm Sunday they’re yelling “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,” and 5 days later yelling, “Crucify him, crucify him”?
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. Clear ye in the wilderness the way of the Lord, Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Psalm 118
The first century Jews were expecting a Conquering King; one who would overthrow the Roman government and would restore all of Israel. But that is not who Jesus was at this time. For Jesus came as the Son of Man, meaning Son of humanity. Jesus came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Many Jews were looking for the promised Messiah to come out of David’s lineage and be just like King David, for David was both warrior and king. Some others were looking for the Promised Messiah to come from the Tribe of Levi, for they were a priestly tribe that served God in the temple.
But who is our promised Messiah? Well, he is Melchizedek. What does his name mean? His name means King of Shalom, meaning King of Peace. He’s the King of Righteousness. He is Cohen Gadol (or High Priest), God Most High. He is sinless and exalted above the Heavens. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, he is Jesus our promised Messiah. He came to serve, not to be served. He was on a mission from God to bring man back to himself.
For He who knew no sin became sin that through Him we might become the righteousness of God. Through one sacrifice, once and for all, He accomplished this on the cross.
So who do you say he is? I say he is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He is the suffering servant Isaiah prophesied about in Isaiah 49.
Let us give thanks to the Lord for providing us with Jesus the Suffering Servant. For it is by His stripes that we are healed. For without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.