Zechariah was a man of visions and prophecies from the Lord. The first half of his book contains the visions that God gave him and the second half has the prophecies. These messages from the Lord were messages of comfort. In fact, 1:4 is an invitation with a promise: “Return to Me and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts.” This captures the heart of God as expressed time and again to His people through His prophets.
That’s what God wants- His people to return, to be determined to love Him and worship Him alone, and to come back from where they had been. This is the picture of the Father’s Heart, one that wants His kids close. He wants them to learn from their ancestors’ past mistakes (1:5) and to stay true to their covenant with Him. His jealousy was rekindled for them (8:2) and He again was determined to bring them good (8:15).
The best good that He could bring them was the Redeemer. He promised them a Suffering Servant and they looked forward to the One who would free them. We look back to the same Servant's first coming (soon to be celebrated in December) and look forward to His second coming.
Here’s a list of the prophecies about Jesus in Zechariah which are often quoted and referred to in the New Testament:
Zechariah was preaching Christ hundreds of years before Christ was on this earth. He’s still the One we proclaim!
May His grace enable us to serve Him in all ways (2 Cor. 9:8),