Zechariah 13* The Fountain for the remission of sins, The conviction of thefalse prophets. (1-6) The death of Christ, and the saving of aremnant of the people. (7-9)1-6 In the time mentioned at the close of the foregoingchapter, a fountain would be opened to the rulers and people ofthe Jews, in which to wash away their sins. Even the atoningblood of Christ, united with his sanctifying grace. It hashitherto been closed to the unbelieving nation of Israel; butwhen the Spirit of grace shall humble and soften their hearts,he will open it to them also. This fountain opened is thepierced side of Christ. We are all as an unclean thing. Behold afountain opened for us to wash in, and streams flowing to usfrom that fountain. The blood of Christ, and God's pardoningmercy in that blood, made known in the new covenant, are afountain always flowing, that never can be emptied. It is openedfor all believers, who as the spiritual seed of Christ, are ofthe house of David, and, as living members of the church, areinhabitants of Jerusalem. Christ, by the power of his grace,takes away the dominion of sin, even of beloved sins. Those whoare washed in the fountain opened, as they are justified, sothey are sanctified. Souls are brought off from the world andthe flesh, those two great idols, that they may cleave to Godonly. The thorough reformation which will take place on theconversion of Israel to Christ, is here foretold. False prophetsshall be convinced of their sin and folly, and return to theirproper employments. When convinced that we are gone out of theway of duty, we must show the truth of our repentance byreturning to it again. It is well to acknowledge those to befriends, who by severe discipline are instrumental in bringingus to a sight of error; for faithful are the wounds of a friend,#Pr 27:6|. And it is always well for us to recollect the woundsof our Saviour. Often has he been wounded by professed friends,nay, even by his real disciples, when they act contrary to hisword. 7-9 Here is a prophecy of the sufferings of Christ. God theFather gave order to the sword of his justice to awake againsthis Son, when he freely made his soul an offering for sin. AsGod, he is called "my Fellow." Christ and the Father are one. Heis the Shepherd who was to lay down his life for the sheep. If aSacrifice, he must be slain, for without shedding of thelife-blood there was no remission. This sword must awake againsthim, yet he had no sin of his own to answer for. It may refer tothe whole of Christ's sufferings, especially his agonies in thegarden and on the cross, when he endured unspeakable anguishtill Divine justice was fully satisfied. Smite the Shepherd, andthe sheep shall be scattered. This passage our Lord Jesusdeclares was fulfilled, when all his disciples, in the nightwherein he was betrayed, forsook him and fled. It has, and shallhave its accomplishment, in the destruction of the corrupt andhypocritical part of the professed church. Because of the sin ofthe Jews in rejecting and crucifying Christ, and in opposing hisgospel, the Romans would destroy the greater part. But a remnantwould be saved. And if we are his people, we shall be refined asgold; he will be God, and the end of all our trials andsufferings will be praise, and honour, and glory, at theappearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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