Then the angel of the Lord said, ‘O Lord of hosts, how long will you have no mercy on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, against which you have been angry these seventy years?’ And the Lord answered gracious and comforting words to the angel who talked with me. So the angel who talked with me said to me, ‘Cry out, Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion. And I am exceedingly angry with the nations that are at ease; for while I was angry but a little, they furthered the disaster. Therefore, thus says the Lord, I have returned to Jerusalem with mercy; my house shall be built in it, declares the Lord of hosts, and the measuring line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem. (Zechariah 1:12-16)

A mother once approached French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte seeking a pardon for her son.

The emperor replied that the young man had committed a certain offense twice and justice demanded death. 

“But I don’t ask for justice,” the mother explained. “I plead for mercy.”

“But your son does not deserve mercy,” Napoleon replied.

             “Sir,” the woman cried, “it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask for.”

“Well, then,” the emperor said, “I will have mercy.” And he spared the woman’s son.

Had Judah been guilty of rebelling and sinning against God? Yes. Did they deserve to be trampled on by the nations around them? Sure. But in God’s mercy, He promised to restore them, and to give them prosperity again.

The cross of Jesus Christ brings us into God’s mercy. His love won’t let you go. He will show you mercy. Come to the God of this universe and throw yourself on Him.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!