“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.’” (Zechariah 9:9-10 NKJV)
When people talk about how Jesus fulfilled prophecy, most of the prophecy is based on circumstances. This passage in Zechariah is generally recognized as the one messianic prophecy that Jesus deliberately fulfilled. The belief, as I understand it, is that the Messiah would come riding in on a donkey which would ignite the army of God to overthrow the invaders (Rome at the time of Jesus) in a great battle. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this passage in context and missed the phrase “He shall speak peace to the nations.” Zechariah didn’t prophesy the Messiah as a man of war, rather as a man of peace that would abolish war.
Jesus emphasized peace. He reminded us that peacemakers are blessed for they shall be called the children of God. In a war-oriented world, peace making and speaking peace is a radical plan. Peace, of course, doesn’t mean capitulation to the powers that be, peace means that people are living in harmony with God. Our goal as followers of Christ, as children of God, is to show individuals and society the joy of living in peace with God and helping them know how to experience that same peace. Make today a day of peace. Experience the peace of God in your own life and share that peace with others by your attitude and actions.
Lord, bring peace to this world. Break down the instruments of war. Use me to show others how to experience peace with You.