by Suzanne Benner
“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).
The triumph prophesied in these verses is underscored by the events that followed – Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Jesus came to us, “righteous and having salvation”, but we didn’t realize what form it would take.
The prophecy in Zechariah continues, “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 ).
We are no longer prisoners of evil, held hostage by sin.
As radical as it may sound, we are captives of hope. There is no escaping the hope Jesus brought us; it surrounds us on every side.
Because our king has come to us, righteous and having salvation, we are prisoners of hope.
Because of the blood of His covenant with us – Jesus’ death that takes away our sin – we are prisoners of hope.
Because He has freed us from the waterless pit – destroying Satan’s hold on us – we are prisoners of hope.
God is our fortress. He calls us to return to Him, to trust in Him, to find refuge in His commands, to seek Him with all our hearts.
Return to your fortress, you are a prisoner of hope!
As prisoners of hope, we eagerly await the day of Christ’s return.
~God, You are our refuge; You are our fortress. Help me to comprehend that I am a prisoner of hope.
About the Author
This devotional was written by Suzanne Benner. Read more about Suzanne: http://www.talk.thelife.com/authors/suzanne-benner/
Consider these questions: How have you found God to be your fortress? What is your personal reason to hope, since God is your fortress?
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