Fight Fear: Rejoice, for Your King Is Coming

As It Is Written

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written, “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” John 12:12-15

In what’s called “The Triumphal Entry,” Jesus entered Jerusalem. “The great crowd that had come to celebrate Passover heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!'” (John 12:12-13).

They remembered such promises as “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” (Zechariah 9:9). They expected Jesus to take over the political power and save them from their oppressors. Hosanna meant “save now!” or  “save, I pray” (Psalm 118:25). [1]

Blessed is the King of Israel!

As John described this scene in his gospel many years later, he made an editorial comment, “At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him” (John 12:16).

Jesus came to die, to set God’s people free from sin and death. The triumph would come later when he rose from the dead, conquering the oppression of sin and death forever.

John used the words “Daughter Zion.” Zion originally referred to “the southernmost of the hilltops of Jerusalem … (2 Samuel 5:6-10) and became known as ‘the City of David.’ After Solomon built the temple … the name Zion extended to incorporate the Temple Mount (Psalms 2:6). Zion became a metaphor for all Jerusalem, later for all of Israel, (Zechariah 9:13) … the people of God (Hebrews 12:22) and to encompass all of God’s people of all ages (Revelation 14:1).” [2] 

The Zion of God, God’s people of all ages, can conquer fear as they see how faithfully God’s promises have been fulfilled. They can welcome Jesus Christ as their Messiah, and he’ll come dwell in their hearts. They can eagerly await the fulfillment of other prophecies such as the second coming of Christ. This coming will be different. He’ll come triumphantly, riding a white horse, accompanied by the armies of heaven in total victory. He’ll dwell with his people forever.

Do not be afraid, Daughter of Zion. Your King is coming. Do you believe this?

Dig Deeper

How were the people’s shouts to “save now” answered with the cross according to  Luke 19:10, Hebrews 9:22?

To read about the political conquest and final fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant to be accomplished at the second coming of Jesus Christ, see Zechariah 14:4; Matthew 24:30; Acts 1:11; Titus 2:13 and Revelation 17:14.

Meanwhile, how do we glorify our Risen King in our lives according to Revelation 1:9 and 12:11?

Nancy J. Baker

This devotion is part of our series, “Do Not Be Afraid.”


[1] accessed 10/7/2020.

[2] The Revell Bible Dictionary. Grand Rapids: Fleming H. Revell, 1994; 1048.


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