Need for New Clothes
Topic: AM Service Passage: Zechariah 3:1–10
When we take a good, long look at ourselves and come to grips with our failures and sin, it is easy to think that there is nothing that can be done. We can turn away from the mirror either ignoring the truth by saying “nobody’s perfect,” or we can be pushed to depression. But in either case, far too often we listen to the whispered lies of the enemy of our soul – that we are beyond fixing, and that we have no right to joy, hope, and love. The enemy wants us to believe that because he is a liar and murderer from the beginning, but the truth is what we need. It is true that God is holy, and righteous and true, and that sin taints us in what we do, say, and think. But God has a solution to our sin and failures. His solution is found in the Lord Jesus Christ, who has done a mighty work of redemption, and has provided redeemed sinners with new hope and new life. He has taken upon Himself the sins of His people so that they might be clothed in His righteousness. The prophet Zechariah gives us a vivid picture of the Great Transaction of justification in his vision of Joshua, the high priest. Just like you and me, Joshua had found provision in Christ for his “Need for New Clothes” (Zechariah 3:1-10).
I. The Need of the Sinner (3:1-5)
A. Dirty and Accused
B. Defended and Chosen
C. Cleansed and Crowned
II. The Life of the Redeemed (3:6-10)
A. Walking in His Ways
B. Seeing the Messiah
C. The Best is Yet to Come
Questions for consideration: (1) What is it about your past that makes it hardest to believe you can be forgiven and free? What is it about your present? (2) What is most frightening about the thought that you can find forgiveness in spite of who you are and what you have done? What is most comforting about that? (3) If you do not obey to be rewarded, why should you obey? (4) Is it wrong to look forward to what God has in store for those whom He has forgiven? How could it be dangerous to focus on a reward?