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The Messiah

Zechariah 3:6-10 (NIV)

The angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua: 7 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.

8 “‘Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. 9 See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.

10 “‘In that day each of you will invite your neighbor to sit under your vine and fig tree,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”

 

There are three names given to the Messiah in Zechariah 3:6-10:

  • My Servant
  • The Branch
  • A Stone
Zechariah was prophesying about the coming of the Messiah and what He would be like and do. He was the servant of God. He was the Branch of David. He was the stone who would make people stumble and yet was the true Cornerstone of our faith. The Messiah is Jesus.
Jesus said that He came to serve and not to be served. Jesus grew up out of the root of Jesse, King David’s father. Jesus was the stone whom the builders rejected (Acts 4).
The promises of forgiveness and prosperity are a result of the Messiah’s ministry. Verse 9 says that the Lord would remove the sins of the land in a single day. Whether that was the day of Jesus’ crucifixion or it is the day of His return, it is through Jesus that sins are removed. In verse 10, it talks about the vine and fig tree. Both of these fruit-producing plants are signs of prosperity. The coming of the Messiah is a good thing. The Messiah would restore the glory of God’s people and bring His people back to Him.
We who are spiritual Israel also reap the benefits of the Messiah’s coming into the world. We have had our sins removed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We have received spiritual prosperity through Him. Let us rejoice in the fact that our sins are forgiven through Jesus the Messiah.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I praise You today for sending Your Son, Jesus the Messiah. We long to see Him return and to take us home to be with You forever. Thank You for removing my sin and blessing me with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Thank You for Your faithfulness to me. In the name of Jesus the Messiah, amen.
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