Everyone from Barcalounger to BMW promises heaven on earth, but no one truly delivers. Every earthly comfort leaves us either disappointed or longing for more. Only God can deliver heaven on earth through the gift of His Presence and He is in the process of doing so through His Son, whom we have the privilege of proclaiming to the nations.
Rituals are wonderful servants but terrible masters. Once they take on a life of their own, they enslave us and obscure their original purpose. Religious rituals are especially dangerous, which is why God warns us to beware ritualistic religion that is devoid of Him so that we might experience true revival through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Tangible symbols help us understand and remember God’s promises. In Zechariah 6, God instructs the returned exiles to create a crown for the high priest, symbolizing the coming Messiah who would be both an atoning priest and a defending king. We face many challenges in our day and the Lord provides us with tangible symbols (chiefly His supper) so that we, too, might have faith in our glorious Savior who remains both priest and king forever.
Studying the Lord’s vengeance in Zechariah 6 helps us see why our vengeance is both unhelpful and unnecessary. Rather than being consumed by revenge, we may be set free by the Savior who submitted to ultimate injustice in our place and who will execute perfect justice in His timing.
What do flying scrolls and women in baskets have to do with the Christian life? What do these sixth and seventh night visions, delivered to Zechariah over 2,500 years ago, even mean? Zechariah 5 invites us to learn more about the God from whom no injustice will escape, and who will ultimately remove the sin of His people through the Savior who was cursed, judged, and lifted up in our place.
Christianity stands or falls on the reality of Christ’s resurrection. Whether you are a skeptic, a believer, or a person who struggles to believe, the evidence of Luke 24 demands the verdict that Jesus is alive and able to grant eternal life to everyone who appeals to him for grace.
Everything big comes from something small. Even the work of God in our lives often begins in very simple ways. As believers, we don’t despise the day of small things because God uses small beginnings for great endings through our great Savior, Jesus Christ.
Zerubbabel faced the seemingly impossible task of rebuilding the temple with limited resources, great opposition, and a demoralized workforce. Yet God encouraged him through Zechariah’s vision that nothing is too hard for the Spirit of God. Where our human strength fails, God triumphs through His Son, the Light of the world, whose brilliance will shine forever.
The only time Satan tells the truth is when he accuses us of sin. In fact, our sin makes us spiritually filthy before the Lord. But no matter how deep the stain of our transgressions, God can cleanse us through the work of Christ and enable us to live for His glory. We move from filthy to forgiven to fruitful through the blood of Christ, our great High Priest.
Heaven and the New Jerusalem are not glorious because they have no taxes and perfect weather (though that may be!). They are glorious because God Himself dwells there in unshielded majesty. His presence is our ultimate security and joy, and that presence is already experienced in part through His Church. We have been made citizens of an eternal community and a beacon to the nations through the blood of Christ, who is Immanuel, God with us.