Rejoice in glorious hope, Jesus the judge, shall come,
And take His servants up to their eternal home.
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say rejoice!
How easy it is to look around us and conclude that things are a mess. If we were to follow the wisdom of our own culture, we would numb ourselves with busyness or addictions, be it site-seeing or video games or chemicals or new iDevices. But we are not prisoners of hopelessness! Our joy is not tied to a bad interpretation of the world around us. Zechariah, as well as our hymns today, call us to look across all time and to marvel at God’s eternal plan. We are, in fact, prisoners of hope. We see beyond what is right in front of our faces – beyond loss and heartache. We see beyond anger and violence and racial hatred. We see an ingathering of the unlikeliest folk. We are blessed beyond measure because we cannot help but hope! For, we know that from every tribe and nation God will bring His own home to Zion. —Nathan
Key Words: Prisoners, Return, Wine, Rejoice, Full, Gathered
Keystone Verse: Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double. (Zechariah 9:12)