28 January 2019 – John 12:15 (NIV)

Scripture

15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
    see, your king is coming,
    seated on a donkey’s colt.”

Reflection

John 12 sets a scene in which Jesus is entering Jerusalem as he prepares for his time on the cross, the act through which we receive salvation. God had prophesied this coming of Christ through the prophet Zechariah in the Old Testament. At the time of Zechariah, Israelites thought the Messiah would be “the judge” and therefore, the coming of the Messiah was met with fear for the Israelites. If so, what does Christ’s second coming mean to us? Is it fear? Or, joy?

God calls His people “Daughter” in today’s text. This means that God regards us as his children. We, as children of God, do not have to fear Christ’s coming. Christ will come to us as a king, and the king restores justice and love to the world.

Through Jesus coming on the colt, we can see God’s will for salvation. When a king comes on a donkey, we see a king’s humility. God, the true King, is one who can lower himself sufficiently to save us. This strong will of God for salvation is the only basis for our salvation, not how good we are.

Jesus, the King, came to save the world and will return to complete salvation. How glad we should be today of this Good News! (Woowon).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Shanghai Community Fellowship and all of Shanghai.

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Con Loggenberg is the Discipleship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF). He holds a B.Sc. degree and a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying, a B.Th. (Hons) degree in Biblical Studies and a M.Th. degree in Theology. He and his Texan wife, twin boys and daughter live in Shanghai, China.