Focus Verse: I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. (12)
This foreshadows the price that Judas Iscariot was paid to betray Jesus the Christ. It symbolizes how the people of Israel rejected their Good Shepherd. Even though He cared for them and unified them like no other shepherd had done before, they only thought He was worth the price of a common slave.
Focus Verse: “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. (10)
When Jesus the Christ returns the second time, the people of Israel will recognize their Savior. They will look on the One they have pierced with their sins, and mourn because it was their disobedience that put Him on the cross. And not theirs only, but ours too.
Focus Verse: Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. (10)
God always honors faithfulness. Being faithful does not mean holding on to God’s Word only when times are good. It doesn’t mean doing His will only at the start of our faith walk with Him. Being faithful means believing God’s Word even when none of His promises seem to be coming true, doing His will when times are full of suffering, and following Christ day in and day out – even to the point of death. Those who do so will be well rewarded.