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The Conqueror Who Comes in Peace

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | June 20, 2024 | John 12:12-19


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 12:14-15 (NIV)



In the passage from John 12:12-19, we witness Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, marking the beginning of His final week before the crucifixion. As Jesus approached the city, the crowd greeted Him with shouts of "Hosanna!" and laid palm branches before Him, fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9, which foretold the Messiah's arrival on a donkey's colt as a peaceful king.

This moment highlights God's faithfulness in fulfilling His promises and the importance of biblical prophecy. Jesus, unlike earthly conquerors, entered Jerusalem in humility and peace, riding on a donkey symbolising His spiritual kingdom of peace, love, and righteousness. The crowd anticipated a political saviour from Roman rule, yet Jesus came to offer spiritual salvation and reconcile humanity with God. It challenges us to reassess our expectations and grasp the true nature of Jesus' mission.


Reflect on how God's promises have been fulfilled in your life and let this deepen your trust in His faithfulness and sovereignty. Consider how Jesus' example of humility and peace challenges the way you live your life. Think about your expectations of Jesus. We come to him on his terms, or we miss him and miss the peace he came to bring to us.


Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus, the Conqueror who comes in peace. Help us to recognise and celebrate the fulfilment of Your promises in our lives. Teach us to follow Jesus' humility, love, and peace example.  Guide us to live in a way that reflects His kingdom values and brings glory to Your name. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.






The Greek term for "donkey's colt" is πῶλον (polon) meaning a young animal, particularly a colt, and ὄνου (onou) meaning a donkey. This phrase emphasizes the youth and humility of the animal, reflecting the peaceful nature of Jesus' mission. The choice of a donkey's colt, as opposed to a war horse, underscores the humble and peaceful nature of Jesus' kingship. This act fulfilled Zechariah's prophecy -  "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. This Scripture indicates that Jesus' reign would be marked by humility and peace, not by military conquest. This entry contrasts with the expectations of a Messiah who would overthrow Roman rule through force, instead presenting a kingdom founded on peace and servitude. Reflections: Reflect on how you can embrace humility in your own life and recognize the peaceful nature of Jesus' kingship. How can you embody and share this message of peace and humility with others?

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