God's Ancient Plan for Mercy
Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.
Zechariah 13:1 On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.
How awesome is this!? The thing that God pours out is not wrath or judgment, but a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy. The people receive grace and are moved to plea for mercy, and then God opens up a fountain to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness. We were so hard hearted–so stubborn to repent! Not only did the death of Jesus, an innocent & awesomely wise man of God, work as a payment for our sins, but it also was such an injustice that we are moved to say, “Wow, God, we have done wrong and we need mercy!”
There are numerous stories of missionaries going out into jungles to show The Jesus Film to people that have never seen a movie before. The viewers see Jesus and how He lived and at the end, when He is being crucified, there have been riots as people storm the movie screen shouting “They’re killing an innocent man!”
It was God’s perfect plan to bring so many things to completion and perfection in Christ.