“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on 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.” (Zechariah 12:10)
Here is another Messianic Prophecy depicting the suffering of Jesus on the Cross. God’s grace will reach out and draw to Jesus those who denied Him. They will recognize Jesus as the one they persecuted and killed and they will finally weep for their actions. They will weep as the people of God who resisted God’s Spirit for faith in Christ Jesus. This will be a weeping as a whole people who remained in spiritual darkness for so long. One day they will have their eyes opened.
Again we see the Grace of God at work and proclaimed in the Old Testament. He draws back His people, opening their eyes to see His redemptive work through Jesus. It is marvelous to behold the active Grace of God and it is marvelous to behold the response of the people who had doubted.
Heavenly Father, Your Grace is never ending. It has to be that way because we are never ending in our sin. Keep drawing us closer to Yourself. Keep filling us with more of Yourself. Keep strengthening our faith in Your redemptive work through Jesus. In His name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is a retired pastor from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn and guest columnist.