God is faithful to both redeem and purify his people and offer us a new beginning. No matter how far we have ‘strayed’ from God, he offers us a chance to begin again. As we look through the book of Zechariah, we will be encouraged as we recognize the importance of repentance and faithfulness in our lives. We serve a God who makes all things new, and that includes YOU!
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We encourage you to spend some time with God this week and go a bit deeper on this topic. Please consider these study questions for further reflection:
1. Many times we are looking for something, but have a picture in our head of what we are looking for that doesn't quite line up with reality. The people in Zechariah's time were looking for the Messiah as a mighty conqueror, a political leader, a warrior - someone who would come along and vanquish the enemies around them and set up Israel as a strong nation. But that isn't the kind of King that God said would come. What ways do you think of God that may not line up with what scripture tells us?
2. God gave the message to Zechariah that the King that came would be humble, would remove implements of war, would bring peace to all nations, and that his realm would cover the entire world. He was talking about Jesus. We can rejoice and shout in triumph because of the King that brings the ability to be freed from the shackles of sin that make us prisoners to our own flesh. Do you see your King as a peacemaker in your life? If not, are we looking at Jesus in the right way?
3. The truth is that Jesus defeated sin, he defeated our brokenness, he sacrificed himself for our freedom, and we have righteousness in his name. We should rejoice and shout in triumph!!! His is our hope in this world and the next. His kingdom is one where we are no longer separated from our King because of our sin, where we are free to come before the throne of grace knowing that our debts have been fully paid. And that is HOPE that cannot come from any other source. Do you have that hope in Christ? Are you living your life with that truth guiding you in all things?
Additional Scriptures to study: Zechariah 9:9-12, 1 Peter 1:3-4