Sunday, March 13, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Our Lord Reigns
Zechariah 9:1-12
  
Jessie Samuel

St. Andrews MTC, NY

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9)
 
The ninth chapter of Zechariah begins with an oracle, or a message, from God. After the temple was completed, Zechariah gave several prophecies about Israel’s future, which describe the eventual first and second comings of Jesus Christ.
 
   Many of us are unable to find the things we are looking for because we have a wrong image of that thing in our minds. We may look for something blue when in fact it is red. The mental picture we had conjured up in our minds closed it to the actual thing we were looking for. This is what happened to the Jews. 
 
    In Jesus’ day, most Jews missed Him as their coming King because they had a different picture of their Savior. The Jews thought they would be receiving a mighty political individual, not someone who would be “gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (verse 9).
 
    Even today, many people still miss Jesus because of wild expectations. They’re looking for someone who can solve their deepest issues, someone who can instantly erase a debt. These people end up disappointed because of these expectations. From verses 9-12, we see that, in order to welcome Jesus as our King, we need to understand just who He is.
 
    Jesus Christ is coming to reign (verses 9-10). These verses point out Jesus’ first coming in humility as a substitute for sin. They also point out Jesus’ second coming in boldness, power, to reign over the earth.

PRAYER

Father, we pray that we may be found faithful and pure in Your sight when we meet You face to face. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.” - Psalm 130:5