Reading thru the Bible in 2019, the plan I’m using includes some Old Testament and New each day. Today’s reading included Zechariah 9 and Revelation 19 – a prophecy regarding the promised Messiah entering Jerusalem as a king riding a donkey of peace and, then, the anticipation of Jesus’ second coming riding a white horse of justice.
Jesus came the first time to provide for our salvation and reconciliation with a Holy God. By His death in our place as our atoning sacrifice, we are forgiven by faith in Him.
“Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you; he is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9 (See also Matthew 21:7-10)
Jesus will come again to judge sin establish justice because God is holy. After His death and resurrection, He will come again to reign on Earth.
“Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and he judges and makes war with justice. His eyes were like a fiery flame, and many crowns were on his head. He had a name written that no one knows except himself. The armies that were in heaven followed him on white horses, wearing pure white linen. A sharp sword came from his mouth, so that he might strike the nations with it. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God, the Almighty. And he has a name written on his robe and on his thigh: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:11-12, 14-16
It’s a lot easier to keep God in a box as a helpless baby in a manger at Christmas. But, one day, each and every one of us must face the reality of our need for a sovereign, savior king from Heaven who came to die in our place because He will, also, come again one day to judge sinful and selfish people.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), so let’s trust Him and follow Him today and every day.
Follow me…as I follow Jesus Christ.