Zachariah 9:9/Matthew 21:4-5
What was Jesus’ favorite passage of Scripture? Remember, He only had the Old Testament to read. The New Testament was written after His death.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to ask Jesus which passage of the Bible He loved to read the most? Would He have chosen Psalm 23 which so many Christians love today? Maybe. Or would He have chosen Isaiah 6, the vision of God high and lifted up in the Temple that Isaiah saw?
I can’t answer this question, but I think I can pick one passage He loved–Zachariah 9. Perhaps you’re not familiar with this one. Take a minute and look it up. Jesus not only read it and loved it. He fulfilled it.
The first eight verses might seem obscure, but if you read on with patience the light grows stronger, and the presence of Jesus soon shines from the page. Verse 9 tell of a King who will ride into Jerusalem upon a colt. The entry into the city will herald a great victory and celebration. The king on the colt will possess certain characteristics. He will be just, endowed with salvation, humble, and a bestower of peace.
Imagine how Jesus felt when H read these verses. The fulness of time came, and He mounted a little colt outside Jerusalem and rose humbly into the city ready to die.
Surely this was one of Jesus’ favorite passages. Which one is yours? Do you have one? Why not read it over today. Better yet, share it with a friend.
David R. Denny Ph.D.