"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey." (Zechariah 9:9)
My wife and I are reading through Mark’s gospel each evening. The other night we came to the vignette in chapter 11 where Jesus sent two of His disciples to a nearby village for the colt He would ride into Jerusalem. Most people know what happened next. It’s the stuff of children’s Bible stories. (Mark 11:1-4).
But what no one knows are the names of the two disciples who helped Jesus fulfill that prophecy of Zechariah.
As Nancy and I pondered the passage in Mark, I wondered aloud if their names are anonymous because the Holy Spirit decided we don’t need to know their names. Rather, what we DO need to know is that they simply did as their Lord asked.
And as a result of their obedience, prophecy was fulfilled.
The message remains the same in 2017. Our names are not really important for others to know. Rather, what IS important is that we simply do what Jesus tells us to do.
And as a result, God's kingdom prospers.