And That's A Wrap!
Posted: Saturday, December 26
Verse of the day:
Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt. (Zechariah 9:9)
Well, that’s over. Now just 366 shopping days till next Christmas (yes! bonus day this coming year. Let’s all Leap for joy!)
I just have one question – did you see Him? Did Jesus show up in your Christmas celebrations, or did you have a birthday party without the birthday boy? It is amazing how Jesus has the power to change the world and go unnoticed seemingly at the same time. I don’t know if you saw the depiction of Jesus circling the web last week, but it was unsurprising underwhelming: No supermodel figure or physique, less Thor God of Thunder and more unassuming Jewish carpenter. Jesus, born in a manger in a stable, instead of a room in the palace, has a way of showing up with such awe and wonder in the most unassuming ways. Angels heralded him, to shepherds. Strangers from a far sought him, while his own king was lost under the star.
However, we should know this. Zechariah told us not to look for a conquering king on a war horse or Alexander the Great on the back of an elephant. We were told to look for a humble man, riding on a donkey, not much more than a colt, unbroken, unridden. The King of Kings would come to town, riding on a donkey. Why a donkey? A donkey spoke to the humbleness of his stature, his lack wealth, and minimal influence. Why a young donkey? This signified his recent rise to power and fame, the newness of his kingdom.