“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

“In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo.

“The land will mourn, every family by itself; the family of the house of David by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Levi by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself and their wives by themselves; all the families that remain, every family by itself and their wives by themselves.

In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity. (Zechariah 12:10-13:1)

The apostle John quoted the words of this prophesy from the book of Zechariah and applied them to Jesus on the cross, when a Roman soldier plunged a spear into Jesus’ side rather than break his legs. The mourning of “Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo” refers to what happened at that spot, a village on the plain of Megiddo, where King Josiah, considered a good and righteous king, one of the best that Israel ever had, was killed by Pharaoh Neco (2 Chronicles 35:22ff). His death was mourned bitterly by the people of Israel. Jeremiah composed a lament on his behalf. God compared that national mourning over Josiah to the mourning that would come over the death of the Messiah. On the day of this mourning, God promised that he would cleanse everyone of their sins—which of course is what the death of Jesus on the cross accomplished—and not just for the people of Israel, but for all people, everywhere.

Jesus’ death on the cross was a time of great sorrow. But just three days later, it become a time of rejoicing when the Messiah came back from the dead. The rejoicing was even greater once the implications of the Jesus’ sacrifice were understood. Jesus’ death had saved us all.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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