Grieving for the Firstborn

God’s word for me today is in Zechariah 12:10 which says:

10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit[a] of grace and supplication. They will look on[b] me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”

I’m sure that, by now, you know that I try and find the Gospel in ever passage that I read. And this passage is clearly pointing forward to Jesus. God says “they will look on me, the one they have pierced…” now, clearly, you can’t pierce God in heaven. He has power over everything and He cannot be injured.

However, if God were to come into a human body and become fully human and fully God at the same time, then He could be “injured”. And He was; He was pierced and mourned for. He was pierced at the cross; He was pierced and His piercing gives a spirit of grace and supplication!

We know that Jesus fulfills this prophecy because He was pierced in the heart. And that fulfilled another prophecy too; in Luke 2 33-40 Simeon says to Mary that “a sword will pierce your own soul too” indicating that Jesus’ heart would be pierced, and having your son be pierced in the heart would pierce a mother’s heart too.

God became man to take the sins of the world upon Himself and die with them. He came to make us, the enemies of God, the friends of God. He came to give us a spirit of grace and supplication, and He didn’t only give it to Jerusalem. Jesus loved us so much that He came to take our sins and God’s wrath on us so that we might live!

Every person is born with selfish and mean heart. But when Jesus died, He changed that; when Jesus died He enabled us to have a spirit of grace and supplication. If you trust in Jesus then He will help you to be unselfish, gracious, and patient. We do still have flesh which makes us still sin, but we are forgiven, and we Have Jesus who is always helping us.

Jesus’ sacrifice not only saved us from our sins, He changes our lives completely. He changes the way we speak and act as well as our spiritual self. Through that we have a testimony of actions, others can see how we are different from the world, and they ask us why. So we can share the amazing truth that Jesus died for us, and How His love and sacrifice makes us different.

Also, we don’t have to mourn that Jesus died anymore. We don’t have to mourn because He rose from the grave on the third day! Which means that we have a living hope, not a dead one!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

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