“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem the 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. On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity." -Zechariah 12:10, 13:1
Christ's Spirit convicts and then forgives, but grace is listed before supplication because it is more important. The Spirit is our fountain of healing and forgiveness. The Spirit is the well of living water that Jesus gives to us, so we will never be thirsty again for absolution. The murderer is now innocent, the death sentence is lifted, the price has been paid, and justice is served. We can now move back into life. The water and blood that flowed down the cross is the fountain of freeing love. When we look on Jesus, the one we have pierced, we feel the full depth of His sorrow, the heights of everlasting joy. On this earth, at this time, we cannot have one without the other. Instead of falling victim to dwelling on the darkness, let us use it to remember the great distance Christ traveled to reach our hearts, and then praise Him in the light.