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


Advent is often described as the “most wonderful time of the year.” For most, the idea of celebrating Christmas brings about thoughts of singing the traditional carols and songs, spending time with loved ones and taking in all that the joyous time of year has to offer.

As we think about the joy of Christmas, the prophet Zechariah spoke with anticipation of the day when the true King would come into the city of Jerusalem. In his prophetic words almost 500 years before the birth of Christ, the people of Israel are told to   rejoice and shout at the arrival of their King. A King who would bring victory like never before, and yet he would be a king who would not come as preparing for war on a stallion, but rather as a humble servant on the colt of a donkey.

The Apostle Paul reminds us of the humility of our Savior as he wrote in Philippians 2:6-7, “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.”

Today as you prepare to celebrate the advent of our King, may you be reminded that our King is a king not of pomp or arrogance, but a Servant who came as one of us to bring salvation and victory for all who call upon his name.

How are you showing humility today?