Around the world, it’s not uncommon for the people of a country to hold a parade for the soldiers who are going into battle on their behalf. They cheer their troops on to encourage them and to show their thanks to those who may give up their lives for their fellow man.
Five hundred years before Jesus’ birth, the prophet Zechariah pictured a similar parade. We know it as Palm Sunday: “Rejoice greatly. . . . See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). Jesus rode into Jerusalem to the praise of the people. Jesus rode in to do battle and win. The only difference between this parade and all others like it is that Jesus rode into Jerusalem knowing that he was going to die . . . and yet he still marched into battle! He did it for you. What a King!
Now what? Zechariah tells us: “Rejoice greatly!” You usually rejoice in proportion to the news you receive. If you win free cable for a month, you’ll rejoice with a “Yes!” If you win free groceries for a year, you’ll rejoice even more with a “This is amazing!” every time you check out of the grocery store for free that year. Even better, Jesus brings you the righteousness you need and the victory you crave. How can you not rejoice GREATLY with a lifetime of praise?
So rejoice. No, even better, rejoice GREATLY today!