Zechariah Prophesies Messiah

ZechariahIllustration:  “The Prophet Zechariah” by James Tissot, c. 1888.  Watercolor.

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).

After half a century as captives in Babylon, the exiles were allowed to return to Jerusalem and begin rebuilding the temple that was destroyed when they were captured. Zechariah, a priest who was born during the exile, returned to his family’s home to find it in ruins. God’s people were scattered throughout the known world and only a few had come home. To the devastated ones who faced the ruined Jerusalem, God’s message was “Rejoice!”

There didn’t seem to be much to rejoice about. They had been devastated and their homeland destroyed. But God was rebuilding His land, and Zechariah’s message was a promise for the future. A king was coming, riding on a donkey, righteous and having salvation. Zechariah also told God’s promise to restore Judah. The scattered nation would be brought home. “They shall be as though I had not rejected them,” He says (Zechariah 10:6). God’s promise sustained His people as they began the work of rebuilding His temple and their lives. Rejoice!

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for sustaining me in this life and promising to restore me, with all Your saints, in heaven someday. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen.

As We Wait: You can be an instrument of God’s grace to someone facing disappointment this Christmas season. Send a note of encouragement, celebrating the coming Messiah.

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