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"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." (Zechariah 9:9)

The Sunday before Easter Sunday is called Palm Sunday. It’s the day celebrating Jesus Christ’s final entry into the Jerusalem ultimately leading to his crucifixion. All the Gospel writers record the event, and Matthew (21:4) said the event took place in fulfillment of what was spoken by the prophet (Zechariah).

Zechariah’s prophecy was against gentile nations that acted excessively in their destruction of Israel. Even though the Lord used foreign nations to enact judgment on Israel for her rebellion the Lord was displeased that the gentiles over played their role. (See Zech 1:15; Isa.47:6; Jer. 51:24, 34-35; Eze 25:3-7, 12-17) In the prophecy the Lord declared the destruction of those nations immediately surrounding Israel – Syria, Tyre and Sidon. For Israel a Deliverer would come, enter the capitol city, Jerusalem, and defeat Israel’s enemies. He would rule Israel in an age of peace.

As we celebrate the Easter season, we must remember three truths about peace. Peace comes foremost with reconciliation with God. Being justified by faith we have peace with God, (Rom.5:1) In Christ, God is no longer agitated with our rebellious ways. Secondly, inner peace, the peace that surpasses understanding, is only found in Jesus Christ (John 14:27). Thirdly, the world as a whole will experience no peace until the coming of the Prince of Peace. (Isa 9:6)

-- E. C. Malone 04/01/15

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