The Advent of the King
Zechariah 9:9, 10
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes to you: he is just…

The accession of a sovereign is a time of rejoicing (cf. Solomon, 1 Kings 1:40). But there may be disappointment. The early promise may fail, and the first joys end in bitterness. Not so with Messiah. The better he is known, the more he is loved. The longer experience of his reign, the greater the satisfaction.

I. THE GREATNESS OF HIS NATURE. Son of man. Son of God. Dignity commanding the highest homage.

II. THE BEAUTY OF HIS CHARACTER. Everything in him that is true and fair and good. He is altogether lovely.

1. Just. Fulfils all righteousness.

2. Merciful. Stoops to the lowest. Kind to the poorest. Equitable to all.

3. Humble. Meek and lowly.


1. Empire spiritual. His kingdom is "within." He writes his Jaws upon the heart.

2. Based on the free convictions and love of the people. His subjects do not bow the knee in form, but in truth. They honour him not with mere lip service or state ceremonials, but with the homage of the heart.

3. Characterized by righteousness and peace. "Salvation" is brought by him to all. He not only pardons the rebel, but converts him into a loyal subject. He not only emancipates the slave, but binds him forever to himself in grateful devotion. He not only rescues the lost, but unites them with all the redeemed in one holy and loving brotherhood.

4. Destined to universality and immortality. Of his kingdom there shall be no end. - F.

Parallel Verses
KJV: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

WEB: Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you! He is righteous, and having salvation; lowly, and riding on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

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