Jesus in Zechariah 13:6

Zechariah 13:6 “And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will say, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’

Jesus may have been crucified by Roman authorities, but it was His friends – His own countrymen – who turned Him over to the Romans.  Thus the apostle John says:

John 1:11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

“Did not receive Him”?  That’s putting it mildly.

He was rejected by the nation that had the most reason to accept Him.  That’s how it will be for all those who walk in His steps.  So, do not be surprised when it happens to you.  And, if it does, love those who oppose you as He loved those who opposed Him.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

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