Zechariah – Revealing Our Total Forgiveness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Zechariah, Jesus Christ is revealed as the servant and branch of God (Zechariah 3:8). The word “branch” literally means that Jesus would be the offspring of God.

We will see when we study the Gospels that in Jesus Christ’s ministry in all four Gospels he is revealed as the branch, with emphasis in Matthew of his being a King, and in Mark he is seen as a Servant, and in Luke he is highlighted as a Man, while in John he is manifested as the true Son of the Father.

The life of Jesus truly shows us the way to God’s divine blessings, and he – as our perfect example – teaches God’s children how to serve one another in and with the love of God, and reveals to our understanding the reality of having total forgiveness.

Zechariah 9:12 – Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

God is encouraging us to turn to the stronghold that we have in Christ our Savior. The “prisoner of hope” means that we are committed in our expectation for Christ’s return.  His return is the greatest hope that any believer can have. To be a prisoner from a spiritual point of view means to become totally committed, sold on the idea that Christ is coming back for us and this hope quickens our lives from the inside out, for hope causes us to have joy even through difficult times.

Psalms 119:49-50:
-49: Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
-50: This {hope} is my comfort in my affliction {of daily life}: for thy word hath quickened me {God’s Word that quickens our hope in Jesus Christ’s return}.

The phrase “I will render double unto thee” does not infer in any way, shape, or form that we will receive double for our sins like I once heard taught. Rather this refers to a biblical custom. When someone is in debt and he cannot pay in a timely fashion, the elders of the city would post on the gate a ledger stating how much the debtor owed and to whom he owed it.

To say the least, this is embarrassing to the debtor, bringing him and his family shame. All his friends and acquaintances could read it and think “shame on him” for it was exposed for all to see. Yet if someone came along and paid the bill, then they would fold the ledger in half and again nail it to the gate and all anyone could see was a folded bill now blank.

What God is saying in Zechariah 9:12 is that the believer’s sins and shortcomings would be covered, leaving nothing that would shame the individual. However, in the New Testament Epistles we learn that because Christ was our complete substitute for sin, we have received our forgiveness in an even greater completeness.

Colossians 2:14 – Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

What Jesus Christ did for us was so much more than the elders of a city could ever do, because he blotted out our sins completely, deleting everything that was against us and anything that is contrary to our obtaining eternal life is now completely gone. Jesus Christ took it out of the way and nailed it to his cross.

When Christ Jesus was resurrected, we received not a doubling but a complete and total forgiveness.

Today, because of Jesus Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven we currently have received Our Total Forgiveness, and it is posted and revealed for anyone, especially believers, to see and recognize in the Epistles.