September 9

Zechariah 1:1-6:15

“Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord. “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem. Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he as roused himself from his holy dwelling”. (2:10-12)

How thrilling was that? God revealed to the people that he himself was coming to live with them right here on planet earth. He would walk on the roads in Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. It won’t be exclusively a Jewish thing, he says. Many nations will become his people. And the world will know the Lord Almighty is in it!

This is a beautiful picture of Jesus, isn’t it?

In chapter 3 God draws another picture, this one of his redemptive work. He clothed Joshua with a clean garment and forgave Joshua’s sins. Sound familiar?

It is the Branch we know as Jesus who promises to build the temple and be clothed with majesty. Jesus, ruling on his throne, doing the work of a priest from that throne.

What a privilege it is to know this One who is our king and our high priest, sitting with the Father and working on our behalf. What an awesome truth that we need not be born of Jewish parents to be included in the family of God through the blood of Jesus. We are the apple of his eye, loved, forgiven, protected, cherished. 

It must have been thrilling for the Old Testament Jews to hear about Jesus’ coming. It’s even more thrilling to live it after the cross!

I pray you know him, that you are included with us who are his people. I pray that you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior, realizing your sin and asking him to forgive you. I pray that you worship the King of Kings and allow him to clothe you with his righteousness. That’s why he came. That’s why you were born in the first place.

Dear Jesus, thank you for coming to our world, for walking where we walk and experiencing life like we do. Thank you for understanding our temptations and our sorrows. And thank you for dying so we can live. I pray for everyone reading this blog today. May we bow before you as King, allow you to intercede for us and be our sacrifice. And may we serve you out of grateful hearts, loving you because you first loved us.

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