The Life-Changing Message of Zechariah 3:1-5

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The Life-Changing Message of Zechariah 3:1-5

As I was doing my Bible reading for the day, I was astounded by the power and weight of the gospel presented in the pages of a minor prophet’s book. Yes, if we look within every book of the Bible, we can see a thread of the gospel message, but this one is very loud and clear. Maybe you have heard about Jesus a million times, you’ve quoted John 3:16, you’ve been to every Christmas and Easter service, and you know what Jesus did for you. Well, today let this passage soak deep into your heart in a fresh way as we unpack the life-changing message of Zechariah 3:1-5.

I love how it is put in Hebrews 4:14-16, “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet he did not sin. Let us then approach Gods throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Knowing that even before Jesus came, that the heart of our Father was to send the Son and His Holy Spirit so that we filthy undeserving sinners could have redemption and return to His presence should tell us something loud and clear. God loves us. We, who still wrestle with our flesh and the enemy are no longer defined by who we were before accepting Jesus. We are not seen as filthy, but white as snow. All of our sins are forgiven, past, present, and future. This is not because of anything that we did to earn it, but because of the perfect work of Jesus.

We are forever His and forever changed. This means that we do not sit in our sins and abuse grace; this means that we ask the Holy Spirit to help us to live by His strength each day. We are all being refined and no one is perfect this side of heaven. However because of Christ, our eternity is secure and the Lord no longer sees our sins – He sees our acceptance through Jesus. We can celebrate this and live in this victory today and every day.

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Emma DanzeyEmma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew and mom to Graham. Emma serves alongside her husband in ministry, she focuses most of her time in the home, but loves to provide articles on the Bible, life questions, and Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 on Crosswalk in 2021. Most recently, Emma released Treasures for Tots, (Scripture memory songs) for young children. During her ministry career, Emma has released Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness, two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, and ran the Refined Magazine. You can view her articles on her blog at and check out her Instagram @Emmadanzey.