Zech. 9:9-11

Tom Harding

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.–Zech. 9:9-11

God gave to His prophet the very exact description of our Lord Jesus Christ as He entered into Jerusalem to accomplish our salvation, 550 years before it actually happen (Matt.21:1-11). Zechariah not only describes for us the circumstances how Christ would come but also gives us very vivid description of Who this is. Notice these things!

1). Jesus Christ is the King of our salvation. "Behold thy King cometh unto thee." The wise men ask, where is He that is born King (Matt. 2:2). Our Lord as God incarnate, is King of Kings (Rev. 19:9-16; Psa.2:6; Acts.2:36). As King He is sovereign in salvation (John 17:2; Rom. 9:12-16).

2). Jesus Christ is the Just God, "He is just." That means He is righteous in all is ways and Holy in His character. Stephen and Peter called Him, "the Just One" (Acts 3:12-15; 7:52).

3). Jesus Christ is the only Saviour, "having salvation." He not only a Just God but also our Saviour (Isa.45:21). Paul often calls Christ, God our Saviour (Titus 1:3; Luke 2:30). He came to give His life as a ransom to purchase His covenant people (Matt. 20:28; Acts 20:28; Acts 4:12).

4). Jesus Christ is also identified with our humanity, "lowly, and riding upon an ass." Totally, fully God Almighty, yet also a real man (Jn.1:14; 1Tim. 3:16; Phil.2:5-9). As the Godman He honored the law and perfected righteousness for us (Isa. 42:21; 2Cor.5:21; 1Peter 3:18; Heb. 9:12).

5). Jesus Christ is our Peace with God, 'he shall speak peace unto the heathen." Surely, no one else has the authority to speak peace unto the sinner, but Jesus Christ Himself (Eph.2:12-17; Rom. 5:1). He made peace with God for His people through the blood of His sacrifice (Col. 1:19-22).

6). Jesus Christ is our Deliverer, "by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water" (Rom. 11:26). Our blessed Lord came to set His people free (Luke 4:18). From the curse of the law (Gal. 3:10-13), from the bondage of sin (Rom.6:14), from the terror of death (Rev. 1:18), from the grip of the devil (Heb. 2:14).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.


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