The GREAT SACRIFICE of CHRIST, our SHEPHERD-SAVIOR
October 6 Bible Reading: Zechariah Chapters 13-14
"Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the Man who is My Companion," says the Lord of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered" (Zech 13:7)
It should be noted that prophet Zechariah prophesied around 520 B.C. Five centuries later, Jesus cited this prophecy about the striking of the Shepherd as applying to Himself (compare v. 7 with Matt. 26:31–35; Mark 14:27–31; Luke 22:31–34). This verse envisions God’s chosen Shepherd-Savior suffering at the hand of God Himself. Jehovah God orders His sword to awake against His only begotten Son – our Lord Jesus Christ. The Good Shepherd was struck at Calvary, and the Jewish sheep have been scattered ever since.
The sword, an instrument of death, is likened to a warrior being roused for action, and is also the symbol of judicial power (Rom. 13:4). Our Lord Jesus Christ took the full brunt of the punishment that was meant for the sins of the whole world, as He indeed was the “Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world” (John 1:29)
The term “My Companion” is used elsewhere of one who is a near neighbor or close companion (Lev. 6:2; 18:20; 19:15). It suggests a relationship of equality, as Jesus Christ, God’s Son enjoyed that relationship from eternal past.
Thus, to save His flock, the Good Shepherd was smitten through suffering and death (Isa. 53:4, 10). Let’s remember that the next time we are smitten because of our faith, our Good Shepherd-Savior has silently borne all the sufferings (Matt. 5:38–42; 10:16–26) leaving for us a good example to emulate in our lives!