Prisoners of Hope

From Lynda Lindsey  

But I will defend my house against marauding forces. Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch. Zechariah 9:8

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9

As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. Zechariah 9:11-12

Prisoners, often tossed into dry cisterns, were left to languish and die in the dark, hungry, thirsty, and without hope of rescue. Just so, sin entraps us, making us prisoners in dark, waterless pits, where, except for God’s gracious intervention, we would languish without hope of rescue. God, our rescuer and defender, is keeping watch; He will never leave or abandon those that are His. The God of all hope strengthens, rescues, and frees us from the pit; no matter how long we must wait, we wait as prisoners of hope, for His restoration is a certainty.

Messiah came the first time, not as a conquering king on a war horse, but as a king peaceably parading through His kingdom seated on a donkey. Messiah, at His first coming, was despised, rejected, a man of sorrows. But at His second coming, Messiah, will come in all His glorious power and might as ruler and judge. He will crush all opposition; at that time every knee will bow, and every tongue confess Jesus is Lord! Rejoice greatly! Shout! See your King striding in on a glorious war horse to set all wrongs right! Oppression will cease; never again will evil prevail. No longer will God’s people wander like sheep. The battle is His and He is victor!

Christ, the cornerstone, the stone the builders rejected, has overcome and will overcome. The battle is His. From Judah came the tent peg, the battle bow, the cornerstone of faith. King Jesus strengthens, saves, restores, and redeems. He gathers in His own and makes us mighty men and women with glad and joyful hearts. He brings us back from the pit. He gives rain for plenteous harvests of grain and new wine. God makes His own thrive; we will be attractive and beautiful, sparkling in God’s hand and under His care like jewels in a crown! Rejoice! Rejoice greatly! Shout! Your King comes! Scan the clouds with your eyes...the One who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty, is coming! Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly!