9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey. – Zechariah 9:9
This passage gets a lot of attention around this time of year. With a remembrance of the triumphal entry, there is talk about the King of Kings riding into town on the donkey. It makes me wonder why it would be called the triumphal entry though. Sure, the crowds were shouting “Hosanna!” and singing praises, but the prophetic words from Zechariah make it clear that humility is going to be the order of the day. John tells us that the disciples didn’t understand what was going on at the time, but that they got it later. I think the same thing is true for us most of the time. We have seen God’s promises and we fully expect that He is doing everything to bring them to pass, but what it looks like and what it is may be miles apart from our expectation. God never fails to do what He has promised, and He rarely fails to take us by surprise in the process.