Jesus is our peace. This is the prophecy of Zechariah, fulfilled when Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Jesus created one new humanity which is reconciled to God through himself: in that relationship Father God, we will be at peace with each other…
9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
and the warhorses from Jerusalem,
and the battle bow will be broken.
He will proclaim peace to the nations.
His rule will extend from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.
12 Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope;
even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.
As Zechariah gives prophecy as to what will happen to Israel’s enemies and how God will restore his own people to blessing and abundance, we also see a prophecy of Jesus at the point of his triumphal entry into Jerusalem for the last week of his life before the crucifixion. This prophecy of Jesus is a banner of hope which flies over God’s people as a promise of his salvation.
The entrance of King Jesus into Jerusalem is the fulfillment of God’s promise that he will bring peace to the nations. Now, we wouldn’t be able to look back on Jesus’ time or since the first century and see endless peace across our world, so how could Jesus have fulfilled this?
We see in Ephesians 2:14-17 that Jesus is our peace. He destroyed the barrier and dividing walls of hostility between Jew and Gentile, creating in himself one new humanity which is reconciled to God through Jesus.
When we enter relationship with our Father in heaven through Jesus, we will be at peace with each other.
This is not our current reality, yet we are promised in Philippians 2:9-10 that God has exalted Jesus to the highest place, with the name that is above every name. And at that name, every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
When Jesus returns and is reigning as our King on earth, peace will be proclaimed and it will be real and lasting. Zechariah passes on that because of the blood of God’s covenant, his people will be freed and restored. In this part of the prophecy, we see that peace comes at a price. As is written on the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., freedom is not free.
Isn’t that the truth? Jesus shed his blood to offer a new covenant in his blood to guarantee the promise of our freedom and our peace.
The people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, riding on that colt, fulfilling Zechariah’s prophecy. Will you welcome him into your heart and bow your knee to declare him Lord of your life?