The encouragement which Zechariah's prophecies brought to the Jews at the time of their return from exile helped them to rebuild not only their temple but also their national identity, as the prophet urged them to action and whole-hearted service for God.
Yet Zechariah's message of hope pointed beyond the glory of the temple to one greater than the temple: the Anointed One (Messiah) who would become both priest and king forever over all nations. Thus his message is one which should inspire commitment and service in the lives of Christian believers today.
About the Authors
Mathew Bartlett is a Pastor and Christian educator from the United Kingdom. He holds a master’s degree in Biblical studies from the University or Chester, England. Derek Williams, who served as a finance manager and as a church leader for over 40 years, is now retired.