The reason we mourn

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”

Zechariah 12:10

It’s very strange that after Jesus was killed, the people who killed Him mourned Him.

Why kill Him and then feel sad about it afterwards?

Zechariah’s prophecy explains how this happened. He said that those who pierced Him mourned because God poured out on them “a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy.”

In other words, the Spirit opened their eyes to see what they had done and how grievous their sin had been.

Today, God has not changed His tactic. Because after we sin, the Spirit fills us with grace, and we mourn over Christ’s death because we know that “He was pierced for our transgressions” (Isaiah 53:5).

But we do not mourn as people without hope. In our sorrow, we also rejoice because His death “brought us peace…and by His wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).


Lord, I confess that my sin pierced Jesus…and as I mourn, I ask You to pour out upon me Your Spirit of grace and mercy. In humility, I rejoice that Your lovingkindness never fails…and I know that while I was still a sinner, Christ died for me (Romans 5:8). I thank You for Your sacrifice. Amen.

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