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A Fountain of Mercy (Zechariah 12-13)

Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.” (John 19:31–37 ESV)

We have been looking at pictures of what Christ would do when he came to the world. The book of Zechariah was written about 500 years before Jesus was born. This book contains prophecies of our hope for what God will do to help and rescue his people. In Zechariah 9 we see that the moment Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, he had come to redeem his people through the blood of the covenant. In chapter 10 the picture is that Jesus came to bring us back home. In chapter 11 we see Jesus came to bring us favor and union, to shepherd his people so that they would no longer be doomed for the slaughter. In Zechariah 12-13 we are giving multiple pictures of the work of Jesus when he came…

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