Zechariah, contemporary to Zerubbabel and Joshua in the 6th century BC, prophesied the following: 10 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.” Zech 12:10.
The Old Testament prophets were often given glimpses into the future ministry of the Word that became flesh, 1Pt 1:10,11. They surely read that David said, “For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet“, Ps 22:16.
The LORD Jesus was pierced for our transgressions, said Isaiah, David and Zechariah the prophets. And so the question is do we mourn?
Do we mourn the sins we committed and have we repented for the sins we have committed? God gave His only begotten Son so that we might believe in and walk with Him. But to do so requires that we properly address what we have done against Him. To be in the grace of God requires that our hearts be properly wrent. Can we read about the piercing of Jesus without sorrow? I often think about the transforming power of the cross when reflecting on the Centurion who participated in the crucifixion who upon seeing how Jesus died praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent”, Lk 23:47. Can we learn of the lamb before its shearers without regret? To understand the innocence of Jesus must of necessity lead to our grappling with our guilt. As we stand before the cross of Jesus, there must be a mixture of sadness and shame for what we did to Him.
The song ‘Amazing Grace’ says, “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved.” Before enjoying the relief by God’s grace is the fear from learning that our sins were the cause of Him being pierced. If we are normal and have a conscience, we naturally grieve and mourn over the trespasses of our past. Yes, we can move on from this grief having been forgiven. But the person who looks upon those things without mourning has not properly addressed their soul. When James encouraged the Christians who were toying with God, he said to them, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord and He will exalt you“, James 4:8-10. It is that reflection on our trespasses that led to the piercing of God’s Son that properly prepares the soul to be exalted by God’s grace.
Said with love, Dan Mayfield