advent 17 - mourning for the one they pierced - Two Cities Church

advent 17 – mourning for the one they pierced

by Amy Bolton

As many of you know, kids can be dramatic and we definitely have a dramatic two year old! He mourns the dropping of a toy or my personal favorite, someone sitting in his seat, like it is the end of the actual world. Sometimes I find myself shaking my head and thinking, “Why?” But in this short time he has been on earth, these things are very traumatic. 

As I read this verse I think of the people of Jerusalem mourning their rejected King, their Messiah just like Turner mourns the loss of his favorite chair. These things should not compare, but if you’ve seen this kid cry, you’d know what I am talking about. 

Zechariah prophesies that Israel will one day be restored through the acknowledgment of her true King. Their eyes will be opened, and they will recognize that Jesus was their Messiah. Once they realize this, they will mourn deeply and repent for their rejection of the Messiah. Through the prophet Zechariah, the Israelites are being given a future picture of God’s restoring of the nation. Unfortunately, it also prophecies that they will reject their one true King. 

There are still tough days ahead Israel. The worst is yet to come, but God is faithful and He will restore everything and make it right in the end.

We are all mourning 2020. Many of us are throwing tantrums just like our two-year-olds as we reject what has become the new “normal” in the last 9 months. There are still tough days ahead, but God has a plan, he is faithful. 

In Revelation 21:5, Jesus said, “I am making everything new!” How does God’s promise to restore Israel and Jesus’ promise to make everything new encourage your soul? Take some time in prayer today and reflect on what God revealed to you today.

Zechariah 12:10 (NIV)

10 “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.