“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.” (Zechariah 12:10)
I have traveled to Israel many times over the years and have taken groups to tour the country, enjoying the biblical sites and worshipping the Lord in the land of the Bible. Walking where Jesus walked still takes my breath away. However, whenever I go, I always engage with our Israeli guides about our Messiah. Ours, in that Jesus is not only my Messiah, He is the one and only Messiah, for all of us! One expert guide, who was not a follower of Jesus, told me how he looked at Christ. He said, “I believe that the New Testament is completely true. I believe that Jesus came, did all the miracles and actually arose again. However, I believe He is the Messiah for the Gentiles, but not the Jews. We are still waiting for our Messiah to come.”
All I could do was to lovingly remind him that there was only one Messiah and Jesus is His name. He smiled and said, “Upon that, we will just have to disagree.” We are still friends and I pray that his eyes will be opened soon.
Zechariah records that one day there will be people who will actually look upon the One they have pierced and grieve. Today, is a day when you and I should be praying for all those, both Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews), who have not come into a vibrant relationship with Christ. It should be our prayer that the Lord will open their eyes and hearts to see Jesus for who He really is. Unless God opens their hearts, they will, like my friend, come up with different ideas (although self-made and academically unreliable) to define Jesus to appease their personal belief system.
Sometimes our eyes remain closed because we want them closed. We really are not open to what God has for us. We want what we want and how we want it. A person once said, “Self-made men usually worship their own creator.” We are all like that, aren’t we? We are full of ourselves, until God breaks through our hardness of heart and brings true healing from the inside out! Pray today, by name, for people you know and love deeply who have not yet taken the step to come out of the dark and into God’s light. May they actually grieve over their own sin and how they have treated Christ. Salvation is close! Pray that they take the final step toward real faith.