Letter To Our Children
by Pastor Joe | October 5, 2022 | Letters To Our Children
October 5, 2022
Back to school. Back to books, learning stuff.
Back to finding my seat on the bus.
Back to science. Back to math, I may not know.
But I’m learning every day that I go.
And to everyone be cool. Isn’t that the golden rule?
Yes, I’m going back to school.
Back to School- She & Him
I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.
Zechariah 3:9 (Link is the entire chapter.)
Just about one month ago, you went back to school. Think of it. In a single day, you went from sleeping in, swimming, riding bikes, staying up late with no homework to think about, no lessons to study, and no bells ringing to tell you time to go to the next thing.
However, in a single day, things change dramatically. Now, for almost seven hours a day, five days a week, you are learning; you have books to study and teachers who are teaching. You are eating lunch with a lot of people Monday through Friday. More than you did in the summertime, and you have homework!
It’s incredible, in a single day, how much your life changed.
There was another single day that changed people’s lives. It was the day Zechariah, the prophet, was writing about in chapter three.
The chapter begins with the High Priest Joshua, covered in filthy clothes, being relentlessly accused by Satan. The name Satan means accuser. True to his name, he kept his accusation flying to God about the High Priest.
The exact accusation against Joshua we do not know, but we know it was bad because of how he was dressed (Zechariah 3:3). This is a picture of how every person on his own stands before God. Silent and dressed in filthy garments with no self-defense before the bar of God’s judgment.
Zechariah, under God, revealed Joshua was in a terrible place he could not work his way out of, and he was the High Priest! Therefore, the Branch (3:8) was pointing forward to Jesus. And his in a single day line of (3:9) was pointing forward to the cross. As at the cross, in a single day, the penalty of sin was dealt with in the death of Christ. For this reason, only His death can forgive sin and remove sin's penalty. No one can clean themselves up good enough for God.
The cross is the only place love and justice met perfectly. Christ’s perfect life and His powerful death is the only worthy ground for salvation. Therefore, when Jesus died, in a single day, He removed sin's penalty and power forever, for those who repent and place thier trust in Him.
I will be praying for you as your school year unfolds. Learning is a day-by-day privilege that I hope you enjoy and find gratifying.
With all my love in the Lord Jesus Christ,