The passage for today is Zechariah 12-13:9. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Zechariah 12-13:9 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
In this passage, verse 1 of chapter 13 stands out as a beautiful promise from God to Jerusalem. Here He says that a fountain will be opened to cleanse them of their sin and guilt. Before that, we see in chapter 12 that God said that He would save His people according to His purpose. God says that He will pour out on them “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” (12:10). So when we come to 13:1, he is referring to that great day of mourning. In response to that mourning, he promises a fountain. The image of a fountain paints a beautiful picture of inexhaustible provision. He didn’t say that He would provide a body of water or a container that could dry up – He promises a fountain that continually flows and overflow without end.
The incredible part about this fountain is that we, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, have access to it! It’s so easy to feel like we have somehow exhausted the supply of forgiveness that has been set aside for us. This passage is a great reminder of the depth of the grace that God pours out for us. When doubt creeps in, remember the overflowing fountain that has been promised!
God, thank you for your word and the way that you use it to correct, bless, and encourage us. Thank you for your promises to redeem us and that we don’t ever have to doubt that. You are holy and worthy of perfection, yet you save us from our imperfection. Thank you, God, for loving us so deeply. Amen.