[A] great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel! Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written, “Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” (John 12:12–15, NIV 1984).
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: “King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Revelation 19:11–16, NIV 1984).
My Musings – In humility, “seated on a donkey’s colt,” greeted as the “King of Israel.” That is the way Jesus wanted to enter the city and be greeted. But in the end, they preferred a mighty conqueror, seated on a “white horse” with “a sharp sword with which to strike down the [Roman occupiers].” He offered an eternal celestial Kingdom. They were expecting a temporal earthly kingdom. By week’s end, they were shouting, “take him away! Take him away! Crucify him! We have no king but Caesar.” (John 19:15, NIV 1984).
Jesus knew what He was riding into. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” (Matthew 23:37–39, NIV 1984). The crowd said it. But it was conditional. He did not meet their expectations, so they turned on Him. And they “killed The Prophet.“
My Advice – “They” includes me. It also includes you. The “Rider on the White Horse” is coming. Not in humility. Not with gentleness. But judging with justice and making war. With “the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.” This should give us pause.
Is this the way we want to meet Him? It does not have to be. “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:12–14, NIV 1984). The question is: “what [have we] done.” More specifically, what have we done with the one “seated on a donkey’s colt?” Until Armageddon, through His blood, that rider is still an option. If you make the right choice, you will not have to face the rider on the white horse. You can “go through the gates into the city,” into His celestial Kingdom.
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17, NIV 1984). But you need to “come” before the rider on the white horse or the angel of death comes. Either one could come quickly, at an hour you do not expect. See my “The Born Again Experience” musings. They will show you how to come.