The next prophecy used by Handel in the Messiah was in Zechariah 9:9-10. He only uses a portion of these verses in the script.
“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.
10 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.”
These words point to Jesus’ coming at a special time. This is just before the cross and Jesus enters Jerusalem mounted on a donkey. The people praised Him that Palm Sunday waving branches as they sang His praises. Matthew 21:7-9 “They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” Zechariah’s words were given hundreds of years before and Jesus fulfilled them exactly! Zechariah also says that He will be righteous, coming to save and bringing peace to all nations that seek Him. We see those completely fulfilled in Jesus’ life. He came as the righteous Lord, Psalm 145:17 “The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.”. He came to bring righteousness to us, 1 Corinthians 1:30 “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” He came to bring peace. John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Those that seek Him do not go away empty handed nor empty hearted.
Rejoice today in the righteousness of God, His Peace and Jesus’ righteousness imparted to you and me to save us from our sins.