DAY 5 - NOVEMBER 30th, 2018

He Knows Me

Jessica Sadler


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.
— Zechariah 9:9

This verse! It asks of me, “Are you committed? Are you really ‘all in’?” You see, it’s one thing to enjoy or appreciate something quietly, to give it a smile or a nod. It’s easy, and it’s safe. But this? It’s a command to rejoice greatly, and even to shout. To not only mentally assent to the kingship of this coming and just Ruler, but to make my physical body align with this truth. To kneel in my heart and with my body. To put aside any pride and fully show myself to belong to this King.

 

To demand this kind of allegiance, He must be very great.

But then I read on and see that He is coming to me. The King comes to me? Why would He do such a thing? I have no authority or power that He should come to me. I should be the one to journey, to be humbled, to bow before Him. I should, and I will, yet still He comes.

 

How does He come? He lives the life I know I should, though I fail. He faces the giants I fear and cower before, yet He stands undefeated. How can He be victorious and humble, rich and riding on a donkey? Why is He coming to me with salvation when I should be begging Him for mercy? I, who have been ungrateful and rebellious. If He should come to me, it should not be with salvation. We both know it. 

Why a donkey? Why not a stallion? A chariot? Why won’t He elevate himself to show His greatness and my humility? Why won’t He at least ride a full-grown donkey? I think of this great King, coming to me, riding a bicycle with the training wheels still on. He should crush me; I am a rebel. He has every right. But He kneels. He looks me in the eyes.

There is a power that is more than what you drive or how you appear. He has authority that is not threatened by what I or anyone else thinks. He says to me, “I chose you long ago. I’d rather be humiliated than not have you.”

Question to Consider:

What are you looking forward to when Jesus comes again?

AdventJocie Morganadvent, 2018