Here is the Man whose Name is the Branch! From His place He shall branch out, and He shall build the Temple of the Lord. Yes, He shall build the Temple of the Lord. Then, He shall receive royal honor and will rule as King from His throne. He will also serve as a priest from His throne, and there will be perfect harmony between His two roles.
The prophet Zechariah is known as one of the “minor prophets”, however his prophecies are anything but minor! He foretold of the coming of the Messiah, over 500 years before the birth of Jesus. The people he spoke to heard the prophecies before the birth of Jesus – however now we can look back on it and see prophecy fulfilled! The Man who is spoken of as the Branch is the Messiah. He will Branch out from the place He was born, born of a woman. He shall build a spiritual temple, the church called the Temple of the Lord. He is the foundation and the cornerstone of it. He shall receive royal honor and will sit and rule on His throne in heaven having done His work on earth. He is both a Priest and King and having offered Himself as a sacrifice for His people in which He has put away their sin. In the days of the kings, Judah was to be ruled by two separate entities, kings and the high priests. God told Zechariah that someone would come and rule as king and priest which was something that wouldn’t be common in those days in history. He is both Priest and King of His heavenly throne and proclaims the Gospel to both Jew and Gentile alike. There are so many Old Testament prophecies that speak of the coming of the Messiah and these prophecies are all fulfilled in the Lord Jesus. As we approach Christmas, the day set aside to remember the miraculous birth of the Savior of the world, we also need to remember that He is the reason for every season – because He created them all!!
Be blessed in Him and walk in His strength!!
Therefore Go! (and make disciples of all nations)