The King Who Comes in Peace

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 11:1-6

Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey. (Matt. 21:50)

Jesus was a great teacher. The Gospels are jam-packed with his teachings. One of his favorite methods was through word pictures. One time he was outside teaching about how we ought not to worry. Perhaps some birds flew by prompting Jesus to say, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matt. 6:26).

That kind of teaching should not surprise us. Any teacher can tell you that stories and images help all of us learn. And in our Scripture lesson today our Lord is teaching in a very graphic manner.

We have now entered the last week of Jesus’ earthly life. And here he is marching into Jerusalem in what is usually called the triumphal entry. Triumphal as it was, it did not depict the victorious entry of a conquering military hero. The picture Jesus paints is much different than most people were expecting. The Jews living in the first century expected the Messiah to be a king who would ride in on a horse and smash, shatter, and destroy the Romans. But here Jesus comes into Jerusalem riding on a donkey, an animal that signified peace. And what a peace he would bring, through the cross! This is the greatest peace, a peace between God and man, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Phil. 4:7). —John Koedyker

As you pray, offer your praise to Jesus, the Prince of Peace!