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Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Edifier du jour-John 12:12-16(NASB)
On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, " Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel." Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, "FEAR NOT, DAUGHTER OF ZION; BEHOLD, YOUR KING IS COMING, SEATED ON A DONKEY'S COLT." These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him.
I looked back at the scripture John was quoting in verse 15 , Zechariah 9:9, and it is even more moving
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
The Zechariah verse points out the King's humility and has the King endowed with salvation. It isn't a small endowment like a struggling school, but an unlimited reservoir of grace. The residents of Jerusalem were right to shout their hosannas (which translates to "Save!" if I remember my commentary notes right); their Salvation-bringer had come.

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