I am using the traditional texts for Palm Sunday rather than “Sunday of the Passion” texts.
Zechariah, “Yahweh remembers” or “one who is remembered by Yahweh,” is a fitting name for the prophet and for his message. The prophet calls the people of Judah to repent of their sins, specifically because they continued in the tradition of their fathers’s sins (1:2). That call for repentance, reflected throughout the history of God’s people, fills the first eight chapters.
God’s Judgment was for the purpose of repentance and ultimately restoration (8:22-23). Zechariah transitions now not just to a future view, but an apocalyptic perspective of the future. Namely, God Himself will come to fully restore his people.
Zechariah 9:9-10 ESV
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
The contrast could not be greater. Whereas the nations (even Judah!) had boasted of the strength of their armies, this King comes as a humble one. He is the designated King in mode denoted by the selection of David’s son with the anticipated rejoicing (1 Kings 1:38-40). This humble one still brings salvation/victory. No one should underestimate him and what he came to do. The power of his word is such that he speaks peace to nations who only want to see the power of the sword.
The only hope for God’s people is God himself. God came once to fulfill this prophecy; He will come again to bring it all to completion. “Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (Heb. 9:28). Prepare, people of God! Rejoice greatly for your King comes to you!