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Sermons on Zechariah
Zechariah’s text is applied to Jesus by the New Testament. Doing so also makes us the ones responsible for his death. “Look upon the one we have pierced and mourn”. But, for this prophet’s apocalyptic imagination, we are prisoners not to fear or grief or guilt. We are prisoners of HOPE.
Zechariah, chapter 12, signals the prophet's final "burden" of the Lord. It is about a future "Day" when the Lord will protect and restore His covenant people at Jerusalem. There are two objectives for this message: A preacher's burden to teach Bible readers what they should anticipate when reading the prophetic sections of the Old Testament (and beyond). The second, is the prophet's burden to move a remnant people to understand that God's victory, founded upon grace and mercy, will be personally understood through mourning and bitterness over a "firstborn" who has been "pierced!"