Synopsis: Chapters 10 and 11 are linked together, each being the flip-side of the other. In chapter 10 we see the benevolence of the Shepherd while in chapter 11 we see the rejection of the Shepherd. Chapter 11 deals with this theme of rejection and judgment. The message of this chapter is just as powerfully gripping and relevant today as it was in the day it was first delivered. It's a message that calls us to make a choice in response to it today. Will we experience the Chief Shepherd's blessing or the Rejected Shepherd's Judgment?
Synopsis: Zechariah delivers a message of hope by focusing on the coming Christ and His role as prophet, priest and king. In chapter 10 we see Christ as the benevolent, Chief Shepherd Who delights to bless His people. This encouraging message reminds us that Christ is indeed the foundation, focus and fulfillment of hope that stabilizes us in our present distress, encourages our endurance through it, and energizes us for His kingdom work as we await the day of His coming.
Synopsis: Both Luke 24:13-27 and 1 Peter 1:11 declare that the OT prophets spoke of Christ, His sufferings, and His glory to come. So it should not surprise that one of the OT prophets, Zechariah, should point the people of His day (and our day) to Christ, the Hope of man. In Zechariah, 13, we see yet another portrait of Christ as that Hope--His unique saving and refining work. His work is set in stark contrast to the false prophets of his day. Despite the prevalence of false teachers and false teachings today, despite adverse circumstances, we can have hope that Christ's unique prophetic work can not be diminished nor prevented. Take comfort and hope in this today as you experience discouraging times and uncertainty about the future!
Synopsis: As we begin Passion Week with the celebration of Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday, we are reminded that God sent His perfect Representative to earth for each of us. He had a specific mission in mind and that is what we focus upon as we enter Passion Week. Our text today is most significant and moves us to worship Christ in humble gratitude because of what it says about Him and His work in dealing effectively with sin's penalty--His atoning (reconciling) work. There are two key thoughts in today's passage that when we reflect upon them, are designed to move our hearts towards Christ and to embrace Him and His message of hope.
Synopsis: The scene in Zechariah 14:16-21 takes place on "that day," a shortened expression of "the day of the LORD" (14:1). The events take place at the Second Coming of Christ. There are three characteristics of the kingdom of the LORD given in vv. 9-21. In today's message we look at the third characteristic - the worship of Christ as the expression of true religion. God wants to transform our hearts so that we move from the ritual and routines of worship or from false worship to true worship. Have you personally worshiped Christ, the Conquering King today? Has He subdued you in faith by His grace? The LORD desires and deserves "the submission of all our nature to God...gathered up in adoration."
Synopsis: Ever wonder why God doesn't intervene to stop atrocities like what we see happening in Ukraine with the Russian invasion? Unfortunately, there is a coming world war predicted in Zechariah 14 in which similar evil will happen. Zechariah 13:8-9 and 14:2 detail some of the horrible things that will happen. Our text today reveals the misery of the people and the mystery in Christ's intervention to deliver them. The message concludes with four truths that help encourage us regarding the sovereign supremacy of our Savior as the conquering King--despite what might be seen with the human eye as it looks at the physical circumstances that seem to indicate otherwise.
Synopsis: In the previous message our pastor introduced us to the concept of "that day" and the longer version of that expression, "the day of the LORD." By mentioning this event, Zechariah introduces the climax of his message of hope to God's people--the absolute triumph of Christ and His kingdom despite what is seen by the human eye. In today's message, our pastor directs our attention to the focal point of what happens on "that day" -- Christ's coming to earth in great power and glory as King of kings. Our text reveals the three-fold powerful impact His coming has that compels us to acknowledge His right to rule us, to bow down before Him in total surrender, and to worship Him alone.
Synopsis: As our world is watching the unjustified and brutal invasion of Ukraine by Russia and many worry as to whether this eventually leads to WW 3, we turn our attention to Zechariah 14 which records a future world war that centers on Jerusalem. The city is captured and 2/3 of the Jews die. When it appears all is lost and complete annihilation is certain, Christ intervenes to engage the multinational military force in battle and they are completely wiped out instead. When does this Conquering King come to intervene? The answer may surprise you. This message looks at when and what happens on "The Timing of Christ's Conquering."
Synopsis: With this past week's unprovoked and unjustifiable Russian invasion of Ukraine, the events of chapters 12-14 come alive. For in this section the prophet Zechariah predicts a world war in which a multi-national military force invades Israel and seeks to conquer Jerusalem and annihilate the Jewish people. Today's text is a second look at the theme of Christ as the Conquering King. We look at two unique aspects of this king that offered hope for the Jews of Zechariah's day and us in our day.
Synopsis: Prophecy is history predicted and pre-recorded. In our text today, we have a prophecy concerning Christ, the Conquering King, Who will rules with universal authority and supremely. This message of hope delivered by Zechariah to the Jews in his day offers us hope in our day. Two wonderful points of application emerge from God's view of His people in today's text that will encourage your heart.
Synopsis: Due to a covid exposure, this message from our pastor was pre-recorded since he was unable to deliver it in person to our church family. As Zechariah presents Messiah as a living hope, he focuses on the kingship of Christ. That kingship is given under three headings - His character, coming and conquering. This message focuses on Christ's coming from a famous text of Scripture typically considered on Palm Sunday.
Synopsis: Christ's kingly character assures us there is very good reason to hope in His ability to work in our behalf and to fulfill His promises to us. So what kind of character does Christ have? This coming king has four character traits that challenge us to put our hope and trust in Him.