Zechariah 3:3-5


     We must be careful not to suggest that sinners must meet certain qualifications, pass through the same feelings, emotions, and experiences, or possess great knowledge before they can be saved. It is the task of gospel preachers not to place obstacles in the sinner's way, but to remove every obstacle that might hinder sinners fleeing to Christ for refuge. Salvation is as simple and profound as this - "BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED!" Yet, in the Scriptures we are given many pictures of salvation which reveal God's method of grace. One of those pictures is found in Zechariah 3:3-5. (Read the text carefully.) Here is Joshua the High Priest of Israel. Though he was of the priestly line, he was a sinner in need of grace. And what he experienced is a picture of God's grace. This is what happens when God saves a sinner by his grace.

     1. YOU MUST TAKE YOUR PLACE AS A GUILTY SINNER BEFORE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (v. 3). Take the ground God gives you. If you take your place as a sinner before God, he will lift you up by his grace (I John 1:9).

     2. YOUR SIN MUST BE TAKEN AWAY (v. 4). Christ took our sins away judicially when he died upon the cross (Heb. 9:27). He sends his servants to proclaim the free pardon and forgiveness of sin (Isa. 40:1-2). And in the day of grace,by faith in his blood, he causes the guilt of sin to be removed from your conscience (Heb. 9:14).

     3. THEN THE LORD JESUS WILL CLOTHE YOU WITH CHANGE OF RAIMENT, THE GARMENTS OF SALVATION (v. 4). This change of raiment is the righteousness of Christ, imputed to us in justification and imparted to us in regeneration. Like a garment, it covers us, protects us, warms us, and adorns us.

     4. AT LAST, THE SINNER WHOM GOD SAVES IS GIVEN THE MITRE OF ASSURED ACCEPTANCE (v. 5). The mitre of the High Priest had a golden plate upon the front of it with these words inscribed upon it - "HOLINESS TO THE LORD" (Ex. 28:36-38). The sinner, with his sins washed away and Christ's righteousness imputed to him, is assured of acceptance with God by faith in Christ. With his spotless garments on, all who believe are as holy as God's own Son!


Don Fortner