Jesus Makes Us Prisoners of Hope


Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double. Zech. 9:9-12 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, we’ll exhaust the wonder of this passage when the Pacific Ocean freezes solid, the Big Dipper pours chocolate on Manhattan, and elephants sing opera. You entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to fulfill Zechariah’s vision of humility, redemption, and hope, and you succeeded.

The first word of Holy Week was “Hosanna!”, the next word was “Crucify Him!” but the final word was “He is risen!” No other king could vanquish warhorses and warriors, riding the foal of a donkey. No other king could break the battle bow and backbone of warfare, by the brokenness of crucifixion.

No other king could replace the dominion of darkness and the tyranny of evil, with an eternal reign of grace and peace. No other king would give his life and death for the redemption of rebels and idolaters, like us. No other king can transform slaves of sin and death into prisoners of hope.

Jesus you are the King of Glory and the Monarch of Mercy, the Governor of Grace and the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Great is our rejoicing, because grace is our salvation.

By the riches of your grace, continue to free us from waterless pits, broken cisterns and worthless idols. By the power of the gospel, enable us to live as prisoners of hope, and agents of redemption, until the Day of all things new. So very Amen we pray, in your holy and matchless name.

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