The Gospel Message According To Zechariah
Zechariah was an Old Testament book but predicts the coming of the Righteous One. Jesus Christ came and fulfilled this prophesy as well as the other ones that were long before written of Him.
The Scripture says in John 1 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Years earlier in Zechariah it says “For I am coming, and I will live among you, declares the Lord.”
When Jesus came on the scene, for the first time in human history The Lord took on human skin, living among human kind side by side for thirty three years.
Ancient Jews knew no one could see God face to face and survive that experience. Not even Moses could
Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” [Exodus 33:18-23]
Yet Jesus became the very face of God dwelling in human skin. When Philip asked to see God, “Show us the Father” he said. Yet Jesus replies
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
John 14:9 –
Unlike the past, the people in Jesus time were seeing the Lord their God face to face. Unlike the past, He did not reveal himself this time on a mountain with the fiery glory and dark cloud of Sinai, nor was it a flaming bush- this time His glory entered human likeness. He suffered the pains of humankind
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:4-6 –
God was walking in skin identifying on a personal level with the very people He many times had spoken to through the cloud, through visions, through dreams and the prophets. He was now in the flesh (human skin) on the scene.
Many find this hard t grasp. What about the God of Heaven? Was he still existing as He took on human form in Jesus. Of course He was! God is Spirit and cannot cease to exist in His eternal form that is vast and cannot be contained,
Solomon even said thousands of years before ““But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive. (1 Kings 8:27-30)
Let us understand the significance of a temple for the Jews. The Jews used this temple Solomon made as a place of worship and “God’s dwelling place”
When the temple was destroyed by the Babylonians, this was not just devestating because a magnificent building was destroyed, but this was the very center of Jewish worship and where God chose to dwell among the people.
When God got angry at the people’s sin and forsaking him to other gods he kept His Word:
then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. This temple will become a heap of rubble. All who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them —that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’”
2 Chronicles 7:20-22 –
Yet there came a point where Jesus became God’s Glorious Temple among the people, what does Jesus say
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
John 2:19-22 –
The literal temple they thought he was refering two was the second temple that was rebuilt after the remnant returned from Babylon. Yet Jesus was not refering to a building but Himself. He was crucified for the sins of the people, becoming the perfect sacrifice- not a goat, bull, or lamb- but He became the final sacrifice to totally remove sins!
Later on in Zechariah it says: “See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day. (Zechariah 3:9)
What is this stone? Jesus often spoke saying “The stone the builders rejected has become the corner stone.”
10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 11 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
Mark 12:10-11 –
Jesus quotes from Psalm 118
Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.
Psalm 118:19-24 –
“open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord” and “This is that gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter.”
Yet Jesus said he was the “gate”
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:7-10 –
Through faith and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ we can find forgiveness and salvation from sin-
For: But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, (Romans 3:21-22)
Romans 3:21-22 fulfills the prophesy in Zechariah in the OT as well where it says
“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.
Zechariah 2:11 –
Through the Gospel, salvation and adoption into God’s Holy Family have become possible not just for Jews but the rest of the world, for
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile —the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10:12-13 –