This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Zechariah 12) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: Zechariah and Haggai are two of the three post-exilic prophets and they prophesied to the same people at the same time. The nation of Judah had come back from Babylon after 70 years of captivity and begun to rebuild the temple. However it is now 16 years later and their zeal for that work has waned. Enter Zechariah to encourage the people to finish the temple and to look forward to the coming of Messiah and the restoration of their nation to greatness. Zechariah was a prophet who often saw visions and prophesied from these visions.
God has a plan for His people and it will come in the form of Messiah. It was the sight of Messiah and some particular aspect of His death that would make the people mourn for their sins…
Ask the children…
What did God pour out on the people and how did they feel when they looked upon the Messiah?
““Then I will pour out a spirit[b] of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died.” (Zechariah 12:10)
As the Spirit of the Lord came upon the people, they would realize that it was their sin that put the Messiah on the cross, it was their sin that caused Him to be peirced and as a result they would mourn over their sin. How else did Zechariah describe their mourning?
“The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the great mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo.” (Zechariah 12:11)
On the day described here, King Josiah was killed in this valley and there was great mourning throughout the land. That was the kind of mourning that would be felt when King Jesus the Messiah was hung on a cross and killed.
Ask your children if they realize that like God’s people of old, it was their sin that put Jesus on the cross and caused His side to be pierced? After the fall of Adam, we were all in this human condition of sin. We all are like sheep that have gone astray. And yet God in His mercy, love and grace has offered His Son to take all our sins in His body and remove them from us so that we can live freely in relationship with God and have abundant life. Sing one of your favorite choruses about the love of God and praise God for His provision of the Messiah.
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