With prophecies like this, it’s easy to see how the Jews of Jesus’ day were looking for a political Messiah as much as a spiritual one:
Zechariah 9:9-10 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.
I will remove the battle chariots from Israel
and the warhorses from Jerusalem.
I will destroy all the weapons used in battle,
and your king will bring peace to the nations.
His realm will stretch from sea to sea
and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
If we were Jews, living in their times, with their scriptures and worldview, how many of us would have come to the same view as they had? Be honest: when a new teaching sweeps through the mainstream churches, do we get caught up in it too, or do we step back and consider everything carefully against the scriptures as a whole?