Hope for the Dirty (Zechariah 3:1-10)
Topic: Sermons Passage: Zechariah 3:1–3:10
This week is the third Sunday in Advent as we prepare our hearts for the Incarnation of Christ. We’re taking a break from 1 Corinthians to look at “Christmas with the Minor Prophets” in order to see how they point us to Christmas hope. This Sunday we’ll consider a passage from the Prophet Zechariah. Zechariah 3 is dealing with a huge problem. The High Priest is getting ready for The Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. And yet, he’s dirty. He’s unclean. And there is no way that the High Priest can enter the Holy of Holies in an unclean manner, wearing dirty clothes, breaking numerous Old Testament Laws, all of which carry the punishment of death. The priests went to great lengths to keep this from happening. After all, the High Priest is supposed to make atonement for all the people. He has to be as pure as humanly possible. And yet, the High Priest somehow arrives covered in filth. To any observant Old Testament Jew, this is beyond a catastrophe. This is unfixable. So what are they going to do?
And Zechariah will tell us, or rather, he’ll show us. This passage comes in the middle of a series of night visions that Zechariah had. And God is using these visions to show us how we’re getting it wrong. He gives us a glimpse of what things really look like from His perspective. How we have unfixable situations, and how, when we try to fix them ourselves, we only make things worse. We are not only unacceptably unclean, but we become hopeless. And to those who are dirty, the Prophet Zechariah shows us a way out. And yes, it has something to do with Christmas.
There are some other events this Sunday. Our Children’s Christmas Choir will be singing, and you don’t want to miss that! It’s always delightful! And then Sunday evening, we’ll have the second of our Christmas Caroling events in Potomac Station (the neighborhood across the street from the school). Should be another fun time. Let James Murphy or Jed Faroe know if you want to participate.
Additionally, we’re continuing to look at how Potomac Hills has made a difference in the lives of various people. So, we’ve asked some folks to share a brief testimony each week on how God has used this church in their lives. So far, we’ve heard from the Culver’s, Frankenfield’s, and the Weitz’s about how God has worked in their lives through the mercy, wisdom, and prayers of Potomac Hills. This week we’re going to reflect on how God uses people who love generously. It should be a great Sunday, see you then! Dr. Dave