Read Zechariah 9:9-12.

From the earliest days, those who remembered God’s promises anticipated a coming King—the Messiah promised way back in Genesis 3:15 who would crush the head of the enemy. Genesis 49:10 reveals that the scepter will never depart from His hand. According to 2 Samuel 7:13, His Kingdom will last forever. In Psalm 2, He is anointed King by God the Father Himself (vv. 6-7). In Psalm 72, all other kings bow down before Him (v. 11). In Isaiah 2, He reigns in complete righteousness (vv. 3-4). In Daniel 2, His Kingdom topples all others (v. 44). And in Zechariah 14, He is King over all the earth (v. 9).

While the Old Testament offered a rough sketch of the coming King, the New Testament reveals Him clearly. Prophecy becomes history, and Christ’s reign is announced for all who have ears to hear.

Matthew refers to Jesus as King fourteen times. Mark does so six times. In Luke, the point is made five times, and in John, another fourteen times. The New Testament writers are not shy about revealing the King’s supernatural nature either; the power of Jesus is on full display. They emphasize the universal scope of His reign and rule.

And so, on Palm Sunday, King Jesus was acclaimed. Those who were in the crowd that day had heard the Old Testament accounts, and so they had been anticipating His coming. They had heard—and many perhaps had seen with their own eyes—the power of God at work through Jesus, announcing His authority. As Jesus rode the foal of a donkey into Jerusalem, they celebrated Him. They shouted, “Hosanna!” which means “Save now!”

They did not know how that week would end. The crowd didn’t know that in order to save people, Jesus would die on a Roman cross, that His coronation would include not a crown of precious gems but a crown of thorns, not a rich robe of the finest fabric but the faded robe of a Roman soldier draped over His bloodied, torn back. Yet they praised Him that day. In fact, Jesus responded to the Pharisees who criticized Him for receiving their praise, “I tell you, . . . if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40). They may not have truly understood the full plan of salvation, but their praise was right and true. The promised Redeemer has come. The wait is over. Now is the time to welcome Him!

Prayer: Jesus, I praise You as the one, true King! May I never keep quiet about what You have done for me but share Your Gospel boldly with Truth and grace. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“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).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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