The most important event in human history is the cross and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Everything else pales by comparison. Death was defeated by the resurrection, but Justice was satisfied by His death on the cross, and you and I can be saved because of what Jesus did on that cross!
We had such a wonderful service this morning, remembering the cross and the resurrection, I just couldn’t speak of lesser things today!
Do you remember how, very often context changes in the middle of prophecies? How, in the middle of speaking of one event, the prophet will speak of another event, often separated from the first, by thousands of years?
Zecharia 13 is a wonderful, End Times prophecy, yet in the middle of it there is a prophecy of the crucifixion;
6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
Verse 6 is clearly speaking of the wounds Jesus sustained on the cross of Calvary. His “friends”? The Jewish people unto whom He was born, and lived with. Those people who He ate with, and who ate the meals He prepared for them. They were fickle friends, and He carries the scars from those wounds even today!
It was his intention to die. This was the purpose of His visitation among us; for without the cross there could be no reconciliation between us and God! Jesus paid all that was required to save the entire human race! There was nothing more that needs to be done to save us, except that we need to receive the payment He made on our behalf!
Thank God for the cross…and the resurrection!
Look at verse 7; Who is God’s “fellow”?
Look at this definition:
noun: fellow; plural noun: fellows
- 1. informal
a man or boy.
“he was an extremely obliging fellow”
synonyms: man, boy;
boyfriend or lover. (“has she got a fellow?”)
2. a person in the same position, involved in the same activity, or otherwise associated with another.
“he was learning with a rapidity unique among his fellows”
synonyms: companion, friend, comrade, partner, associate, coworker, colleague;
– a thing of the same kind as or otherwise associated with another.
“the page has been torn away from its fellows”
1. sharing a particular activity, quality, or condition with someone or something.
“they urged the troops not to fire on their fellow citizens
We can ignore #1, that definition does not apply to Jesus Christ, except for the fact that He actually was a man, (not a woman, nor was he androgynous), but look at #2. “a person in the same position, involved in the same activity, or otherwise associated with another” This is Jesus exactly! He is in the same position as God the Father! Indeed He is intimately involved in the activity of creating the world, and saving souls, and Has been the associate of the Father from before the founding of the earth!
The adjective also applies to Him, for he shares the quality, activity and condition of God the Father! Just as the Father is God, so is Jesus Christ! God the Father loves you, and sent His Son, His fellow, to die in your place, so that you could be saved by faith in Him!
He is coming soon! Make sure He knows your name before it is too late!
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:9-13
This is a promise! Make sure you avail yourself of it, before it is too late! He is The Promise Keeper! You can’t trust anyone else, not even yourself, but you can trust Jesus to take care of your sin problem!
You don’t need to know everything, just believe that His Sacrifice on the cross was for you, and that it was acceptable to God the Father, believe that He was raised from the dead, trust Him to save you, and tell someone about it! Then start reading Scripture and He will open your eyes!