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HOPE - a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen
Zechariah has been called, "The Prophet of Hope". He came on the scene in a time past when people were desperate for a reason to hope again. It was a people who had returned to their native land not because life would be better or because living would be easy. No, they returned because of their spiritual beliefs. They made physical return to their land, but Zechariah called them to make a spiritual return to their God. That meant they had to hope again, so the Prophet of Hope shared with them the source of hope's secret strength - the secret is vision. We have to see as God sees, we have to see what God sees.
Recently, I was out with a friend on his boat. We had gone out to pull his prawn traps. Truth be told, I sat and watched as he pulled in 300 feet of line to reach the trap at the other end. Why would he do such a thing? Because of hope. Hope in the contents of that prawn trap. Hope is a cord, hope is a rope, a rope you hang on to with expectation. As he pulled up that rope I could see his arms were getting tired. The strangest thing was that even though his arms grew tired at the same time they were strengthened to keep going by a secret source - hope. He had vision of the reward at the end of the line.
Zechariah, called those who trust in God, "prisoners of hope". A prisoner is someone who is held captive, in this case, captivated by hope. That is to be us. Hope is the stronghold you run to when everything else is crumbling.
"Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope”
This is strange, because usually the hope of a prisoner is that they will escape. Not in this case. Hope is the stronghold you run to. It is a prison that you want to hold you and never escape.
Peter, is called the “Apostle of Hope”. He said this…
“In His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again into a living hope”
1 Peter 1:3
A hope that is not living is dead. Our hope is not dead, we have been born again therefore HOPE is our identity.
Sometimes I dream of owning a huge acreage just so that I could wander and explore what belongs to me. Now, imagine trying to survey what you have in Christ Jesus! How unsearchable is the depth and the riches found in Christ!
Sunday mornings over the next 6 weeks - We are going to be reminded of God's vision so that we hope again. Come join us as wander through our inheritance and discover the secrets of hope.