After publishing the post HORSE, WAR AND PROVIDENCE, I received a comment from a dear friend at church that prompted the need for additional thoughts about the post.
First. In biblical times, what the king rode announced his intentions. If he came on a donkey, he was coming in peace. In the book of Zechariah we read this prophesy:
“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 ESV
We know what Jesus rode into Jerusalem during His incarnation. At the beginning of the week we call The Passion Week, Jesus was going into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover and knowing that He was going to be charged, convicted and executed for crimes that you and I have done, not for any wrongdoing that He, in His perfect obedience to God, had committed. But, before the crowds hollered “Crucify Him” they screamed “Hosanna to the Son of David”, as He rode into the city on a donkey.
“They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.””
Matthew 21:7-11 ESV
The King of Kings was riding a donkey and this had been foretold by Zechariah long before Jesus was born.
Second. If the king came on a horse, he was coming for war. In the last book of the Bible, Revelation, the Apostle John had a vision of the end times and in that vision he describes what Jesus will be riding the next time He comes to earth as the triumphant King of King and Lord of Lords.
“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”
Revelation 19:11-16 ESV
This has not yet happened, but the Bible says it will, and that which God has ordained will, indeed, come to pass.
“I am the LORD. I have spoken; it shall come to pass; I will do it. I will not go back; I will not spare; I will not relent; according to your ways and your deeds you will be judged, declares the Lord GOD.”
Ezekiel 24:14 ESV
We must never ignore or forget that God is totally sovereign over all that occurs in His world. As Ezekiel says, whatever God says He will do, it will happen. When He speaks, He does not lie neither does He forget; nothing gets in the way of what He has planned. He is not powerless when confronted by those whom we consider powerful.
“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He will.“
Proverbs 21:1 ESV
Beloved, if you have received the Lord Jesus Christ and have believed on Him alone for your salvation, these words should be of comfort to you. Even though things look dismal, even when many are against you and they have surrounded you with malice, hateful words, threatening actions … you are God’s and nothing will wipe you out of His hand.
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39 KJV
Are you persuaded? Jesus came the first time as a baby, who as an adult rode a donkey when he came into Jerusalem for the last time. The next time He visits our world He will be riding on a white horse, coming not as a helpless baby but as the living ruling King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Praise His Holy Name!
Father, I thank You that You provided a way for us to come before You through the sacrificial atoning death of Jesus Christ, your Son. Thank You Lord Jesus for being obedient, even to the point of the cross, and thank You for welcoming those who You have called into Your family. Thank You Holy Spirit for convicting us of our sin and for guaranteeing our salvation through faith in Christ alone. And thank You Holy Spirit for indwelling us and for enabling us to become transformed into the image of our Lord. We praise Your Name, Triune God, for You are worthy to be praised.