THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Three Texans were on a plane headed to New York.
One of them bragged, "I have 30,000 acres and 20,000 head of Texas Longhorn cows. I call my ranch 'Little Texas.'"
Another bragged, "I have 35,000 acres and 25,000 head of Black Angus cows. I call my ranch 'The Bar B.'"
The third man said quietly, "Well, I only have 300 acres and no cattle."
One of the others asked him condescendingly, "Well, what name have you given it?"
The third man said, "Downtown Dallas."
12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
This prophecy in Zechariah tells us three things about our Lord, Jesus.
He shall be called "THE BRANCH."
He "shall BUILD the temple of the LORD."
And He shall be both KING and PRIEST.
First, He is called "THE BRANCH" because He is the "root" and "offspring" of David.
Jeremiah prophesied, "Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch..." (Jer 23:5).
Second, He builds the temple of the Lord.
The spiritual temple of God is built by Christ and is laid upon the foundation of man's profession of faith in Jesus as Lord and Christ.
Peter said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Matt 16:16)
Jesus answered Peter with, "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matt 16:18)
The eternal temple of God is also built by Christ.
He said, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." (John 14:2)
He is building a place for all believers even today.
Third, He is both KING and PRIEST.
Jesus "bears the glory" of the temple; only the Lord God can do that.
It is upon His shoulders that lie the responsibility of "rule."
He is the KING of kings, and the LORD of lords.
And upon His throne He bears the responsibility of "PRIEST."
By Him all men come to God, and without Him none can come to God.
He made the offering which appeased God and provided redemption.
One thing of further note: He is mentioned as KING before He is mentioned as PRIEST.
Also, in the New Testament, virtually every reference to Him holding both offices is as "Lord and Savior."
For He must first be LORD of our lives, or He cannot and will not be SAVIOR of our lives!
"Behold THE BRANCH" and learn the lesson of salvation.
In order for Christ's cross to be effective in our lives, He must first be LORD of who we are!
He is LORD of all.
Is He LORD of you?