Daily Devotion on Zechariah 9:9-10

Text: Zechariah 9:9-10

Palm Sunday was a very special day for that little boy growing up in Michigan. Unlike a native Floridian, the only time this little boy ever saw a palm branch was on Palm Sunday, and not only did he get to see a palm branch, he got to have one for himself! Granted, this precious little palm never lasted long, it was usually broken by the middle of the church service because it turns out that palm branches don’t make very sturdy swords, but it was still great while it lasted. I should know, I was that little boy!

Palm Sunday is a fun day. It’s an exciting day. And it should be. We see Jesus being treated as the King he is. We see our gentle Jesus making his red carpet arrival in Jerusalem, a carpet of palms and cloaks with the masses singing his praises.

Even though the glory of that day prophesied by Zechariah was a tainted glory, it was still glorious. The tainted aspect of that day was this: the masses of Jerusalem that praised their King on Sunday stand in stark contrast to the masses calling for this same King’s crucifixion on Friday. That gentle Jesus was riding into Jerusalem knowing that he would have to soon die for your sins and mine.

Tainted it may have been, but glorious none the less. The glory of Palm Sunday does not reside in the reaction of the people; the glory of Palm Sunday comes from Jesus. Jesus fulfilled all of Zechariah’s prophecy, not just the part about riding on a donkey. By his death Jesus proclaims peace to all nations. Jesus entered Jerusalem that day almost 2000 years ago so that he could secure salvation for the whole world… salvation for me, salvation for you. Palm Sunday is a special day, and not just because children get to play with palm branches. Palm Sunday is all about Christ our King, rejoice! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we praise you that Jesus did not value his life as greater than ours, he did not have to gently ride into Jerusalem that day. Help us to always look to Jesus as the king who saves us from death. Let the praise that is due our King be evident in our lives as we strive to live in thankfulness for all Jesus did for us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on March 26, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This is perfect. It’s my turn to give the children’s message this Sunday and I’ve done Palm Sunday before using the NT passages so this year I wanted to use Zecariah’s prophetic message. Your devotions give me material and inspiration. Once again, thanks for taking the time to share these on a timely basis relative to our Lectionary.

    Steve
    Worship Coordinator
    Messiah Luterhan Church (WELS)
    South Windsor, CT

  2. You are very welcome! It is great to hear that our work is bearing fruit!

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