Sermon: God’s Plan for a Universal Ruler

God’s Plan for a Universal Ruler
Zechariah 6:9-15
December 4, 2022

In June 1945, three-year-old Dennis Helms received a letter from his father Richard, who happened to be stationed in Europe, who was working with the OSS in Germany and was writing on V-E Day:

Dear Dennis,

The man who might have written on this card once controlled Europe — three short years ago when you were born. Today he is dead, his memory despised, his country in ruins. He had a thirst for power, a low opinion of man as an individual, and a fear of intellectual honesty. He was a force for evil in the world. His passing, his defeat — a boon to mankind. But thousands died that it might be so. The price for ridding society of bad is always high.

Love, Daddy

The world has always had bad leaders — evil and wicked leaders.  I suppose that every election cycle brings provokes some fears that we are going to receive rulers like that.  And even if we escape a worst-case scenario, we also long for the best-case scenario.  When will justice reign?  When will just judges always do just things?  Is such a time even possible?  It is.

That is the very message of Zechariah in the sixth chapter of his prophecy.  In the series of eight visions that were given to Zechariah in chapters 1-6, it is revealed that God will provide justice for His people — His wrath and anger in the world will be appeased and put to rest (6:8).  The Lord Almighty will provide a universally just kingdom — in contrast to all that Judah and Israel had experienced throughout her history, including her recent history under Babylon and Medo-Persia.  In the first declaration following those visions, it is revealed that God will also provide a just Ruler for the world — the just Ruler, the Messiah Jesus Christ.  

God comforts His people with the promise of the crowning of Jesus Christ as eternal King.

In this passage (6:9-15) we see a picture (representation) of what God will do to bring about His King, and then the reality of who that King is and what He does —

  1. The Picture of God’s Kingly Gift (6:9-11)
  2. The Reality of God’s Kingly Gift (6:12-15)
  3. The Encouragement of God’s Kingly Gift

Download the rest of this sermon on Zechariah 6:9-15.

The audio will be posted on the GBC website by tomorrow.

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