Are you Sleeping?

God’s word for me today is in Zechariah 4:1 which says:

“Then the angel who talked with me returned and woke me up, like someone awakened from sleep.”

Are you sleeping Zechariah? The Angel had come and woken up Zechariah like someone awakened from sleep. Then he had asked Zechariah “What do you see?” To which Zechariah described a solid gold lamp stand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, and seven channels to the lamps.

But how do we come into the picture? How is the Gospel incorporated into this passage? Answer: Zechariah was sleeping. Now, we were “sleeping” (Jesus describes death as “sleeping”) or dead in our sins. But we were awakened by a sacrifice! God sent His one and only son to come down from heaven and die for us so that we could live! Jesus took our sins off of us and paid the penalty for us! We are now “awakened”, we are alive because of Jesus’ sacrifice!

It might sound like I’m jumping to conclusions. But the Gospel is the point of every single passage of scripture! No matter how hard it may be to find it! The Gospel is our place to run to, we can find refuge in Jesus and what He did for us! We were dead in our sins and trespasses, but Jesus paid the price so that we could live! It is amazing love that would come down for sinners and die for them on a cross! It is amazing love that would give sinners righteousness in exchange for sin, and that is exactly what Jesus did for us.

Praise the Lord that Jesus came down and atoned for us on the cross! Now we should spread that good news to believers and unbelievers! If unbelievers hear it then they could realize their sins and come to faith in Jesus and the Gospel. And if believers hear it then they can be encouraged because the Gospel is a very encouraging message.

Thank You Jesus!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

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