O, 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 glory and grace of this passage when Niagara Falls freezes solid and the sun turns into a giant snow cone. Who fulfilled Zechariah’s incredible vision of humility, redemption, and hope? Only you, King Jesus, and we welcome you, and rejoice in you, on this Palm Sunday 2018.

The first word of Holy Week was “Hosanna!”, the next word was “Crucify Him!” but the final word was “He is risen!” We praise, bless, and adore you.

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. What a calling, what an identity, what a reality—you have made us prisoners of hope.

Lord Jesus, you are that King—the King of glory, the Monarch of mercy, the Governor of grace, the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Great is our rejoicing, because grace is our salvation. You have come to us and for us—righteous and victorious, loving and sovereign.

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.