Messianic References in Zechariah
April 17, 2020
April 17, 2020
Why read and savor Zechariah? Because Zechariah is chock-full of Jesus.
I grew up in a church that was really good when it came to the letters of Paul and how we were to live our life in community as believers and what our responsibilities were. We knew Paul forwards and backwards. There weren’t too many messages from the Gospels. This is going to sound strange, but I would say that the first time I really got to know Jesus is when we preached through Mark here at Blackman. 41 messages in Mark – I spent lots of time studying and reading the Word. It was in those 16 short chapters that I fell in love with Jesus like never before.
Oh, I knew the stories; I knew what was going to happen. As we neared the end of the book, the climax of the story, I was overcome with emotion. As the gospel dragged me reluctantly to the “finish,” I was overcome. My heart cried out, “NO, NO, NO, PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS TO MY SAVIOR!” It was rather uncomfortable, because I was so overcome in the middle of a sermon. The next sermon was on Barabbas. It’s so easy to look down on Barabbas. He’s a criminal, a murderer, a revolutionary. He went scot-free and let Jesus pay the price. But I realized at that moment: “I am Barabbas. I am the one who should have died. Jesus took MY place.” And I cried out, “YES! JESUS, PLEASE DO IT! I’M IN DESPERATE NEED OF SALVATION!” But I know the condition of my sinful heart and that I am not worth it.
Jesus set His face like a flint to go up to Jerusalem and offer Himself in my place, because it was the Father’s will. And so He died. In my place, in your place.
He died. He was buried. But on the third day, He was gloriously raised from the dead. God’s seal of approval on Him. And so as I began to understand the beauty and the glory of the gospel, my heart cried, “YES, LORD!” I threw myself down at His feet in worship.
And Zechariah is so much JESUS.
It is in Zechariah that we read that Jesus is the Branch; Jesus is the Conquering King; Jesus is the Good Shepherd, struck down for His Sheep.
It is in Zechariah that we learn that King Jesus will enter Jerusalem on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. He could have entered Jerusalem on a white horse as a victorious conquering general, but He comes in humbly.
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you; he is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9
It is in Zechariah that we learn that the Good Shepherd will be so terribly undervalued and betrayed for 30 pieces of silver that are then cast into a potter’s field (11:12-13).
It is in Zechariah that we learn that eventually, God’s people will recognize the Messiah. Oh how I long for this day!
Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the house of David and the residents of Jerusalem, and they will look at me whom they pierced. They will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child and weep bitterly for him as one weeps for a firstborn. Zechariah 12:10
At some point in time the Jewish people will recognize that the one whom they pierced is the Messiah.
God loves His Son, and He loves you so much that He sent His Son to be pierced for you.
Who loves you?
Who loves you enough to give His life for you?
And the Answer is Jesus.
Do you love Him enough to trust Him?
Do you love Him enough to live for Him?
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.