Reading: Zechariah 12/Psalm 34
By Pastor Jason Walsh
“They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child” (Zechariah 12:10).
Lord, In the name of Jesus, send your Holy Spirit and make your Word alive to us today. Only You can reveal the deep life and truth found in Your Word. We need You Lord and we need Your truth today. In Jesus name...Amen!
Have you ever had the feeling? The feeling when you’re driving along the road, thinking of a thousand different things that need to be done, when suddenly you look back into your rearview mirror realizing you’ve been on “autopilot” the whole time? I know I’ve done this a million times. But then...imagine looking again in your rear-view mirror and you see red and blue flashing lights on top of a police car headed your way.
That sinking feeling that you’ve blown it; we’ve all had it at one time or another. Multiply that feeling about a billion times, and you’ll know how Israel will feel when they look on the “one they have pierced,” and realize their enormous error in rejecting Him.
In today’s scripture we read that Zechariah is talking about the Messiah and when He’ll return to complete His work of redemption and establish His rule on earth. No one can resist His sovereign power (v. 1).
The oracle first shows the Messiah’s physical deliverance of Israel. The nation is pictured as the cup of God’s wrath, which will send the nations reeling (Zechariah 12:2). Just as drunken men are overcome by alcohol, so the wicked will be overcome by divine judgment. Israel will also be an “immovable rock,” strong and secure (Zechariah 12:3–5). God’s people will be a fire in dry grass, defeating their enemies as quickly as such a fire spreads (Zechariah 12:6).
In yesterday’s reading, Israel was condemned, but now the nation is redeemed when the Shepherd returns. “On that day” the Lord will save, shield, fight, win, and pour out His Spirit. “On that day,” God plus the weakest person will be a mighty warrior!
By God’s grace, Israel will receive spiritual deliverance as well. They’ll see the Crucified One and grieve. To “look on” Him carries the idea of responding in faith (Zechariah 12:10). With their eyes opened to the truth, they will repent with sincere and godly sorrow.
Revelation 21:5, Jesus says, “I am making everything new!” The question for us today is, How does God’s promise to restore Israel and Jesus’ promise to make everything new encourage your soul today? What do these promises reveal to us about the heart of the Father and the Son?
Spend some time in prayer today thanking God for His heart of forgiveness towards us and rejoicing in your Savior. Through the lens of Scripture, “look on” Him, confess to Him, praise Him, and meditate on His greatness and love. He paid the ultimate price for your salvation and mine. He gave His life that you might have eternal life! Do not fear! Despite our hardened hearts and moments in our life when we have turned away from Him; He is faithful to forgive when we confess and repent. He is faithful to keep His promise to return one day and make all things new! Hallelujah!
“I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed” (Psalms 34:4-5).