Part of the Plan

“Look, your king is coming to you . . .”—Zechariah 9:9 (NLT) 

As we continue to make our way through the Gospel of John, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Christ’s life was part of a greater context. It fulfilled the unfolding drama of the Creator redeeming His Creation. All that Jesus said and did was tied to this grand narrative. His earthly existence echoed an eternal agenda.  

We see a striking example of this as we follow Jesus to His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This was a pivotal moment in His ministry, because it was His official announcement to Israel that her King had come—and He was that King. From now on, there wouldn’t be any “keep this to yourself” or “don’t let the word out about what I’ve done. ” This was the appointed time to go public with the news that the King had come!

This was such a significant event, in fact, that God gave His people a prophetic marker so they wouldn’t miss it! Roughly 500 years earlier, Zechariah was inspired by the Lord to proclaim: “Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt” (Zechariah 9:9 NLT).

Zechariah was given a glimpse into the future of this very moment, when Jesus would perfectly fulfill this prophecy: “Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said; ‘Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem. Look, your King is coming, riding on a donkey’s colt’” (John 12:14-15 NLT). 

Again, this happened because Christ’s entire life was the continuation of God’s unfolding drama of redemption. All was being fulfilled in perfect harmony with the eternal plan, and this prophecy is just one more proof of that.  

Here’s the inspiration we can draw from this: Just as Christ’s life was connected to something so much greater, the same is true for our lives. All who believe in Jesus are spiritually connected to Him (Colossians 2:19). The Bible even goes a step further to describe our lives as being hidden in Him (Colossians 3:3)!

Everyone, whether they admit it or not, wants to connect with something greater than themselves. We who believe in Christ are connected to the ultimate greatness.   

DIG: What was Christ’s entire life connected to?

DISCOVER: How does Zechariah’s prophecy prove this? What inspiration can you draw from this?

DISPLAY: Spend time today in connection. Connect with the Lord for 45 minutes in prayer, reflection, and worship.

About the Author

Pastor Dan Hickling

Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.