OVERVIEW: Zechariah has a vision of Joshua the high priest being cleansed, representing the cleansing that will take place through the work of the coming Savior.
BIG IDEA: God removes our sin, rebukes the enemy, and prepares us for ministry.
KEY VERSE: Zechariah 3:2 (God to Satan)
And the Lord said to Satan, “I, the Lord, reject your accusations, Satan. Yes, the Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you. This man is like a burning stick that has been snatched from the fire.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
The enemy is not in control. The enemy can only tempt you. Resist him. Speak what is correct when he whispers doubt in your ear. I have rejected Satan’s accusations against you, and you should, too. Boldly proclaim the authority of Jesus. But flee his temptations. Do not play with fire. Be wise and go the other way. Follow me as I lead you. Celebrate what I have done and am doing in your life.
When you surrendered to me and asked me to forgive your sins, I did it–I forgave you. Therefore, you no longer have to confess sins from your past. You are free. And now, I am preparing you to serve. You may be embarrassed about previous actions, but I can use them to bring hope and restoration to others. You are a new person—you are my child, and I have given you a new identity. Do not listen to the lies from your past. I have removed the penalty from those days and actions. You are a new creation, so look to me. Go forward with confidence and enthusiasm to serve in ways I’ve prepared.
Do not worry about your past. Remember that you are forgiven and look toward the future. Take time to thank God today for his forgiveness. Find someone who is discouraged and tell them God’s mercy is real and has plans of hope and healing for them, too.