“Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.” ~ John 12:15
FEAR NOT: Jesus Comes in Peace (for now…)
In ancient times, in the middle-east, a king would visit a kingdom either riding on a horse or a donkey. If a king rode a horse, it meant he was there for war. However, if He rode a donkey, it meant he came in peace.
A long time before Jesus was born, the prophet Zechariah prophesied that the Messiah would arrive on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9) and Jesus fulfilled that prophecy. He came in peace: He came to save us from the penalty of our sin, He came to rescue us and offer peace between God and man. If we would accept Him as Saviour and Lord.
FEAR NOT, Jesus offers peace to us, not war. Let us accept His generous offer, while we can, for it is far more than we deserve from a righteous and Holy God.
Nevertheless, there is another prophecy. The Bible also predicts that Jesus will return, but this time He will come riding on a horse:
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” ~ Revelation 19:11-14
Yes, when Jesus returns, He will return for war, the final destruction of the satan and those who rejected His earlier offer of peace. There is nothing to fear now: Jesus is offering us peace because He is full of LOVE. But there will be everything to fear then: Jesus will come for war, because He is also full of JUSTICE.