Just as certainly as we are people of the Word, we are also a people of Hope. One sure sign of a Holy Spirit-filled person is that he or she not only believes Jesus is coming, but they live in hope and with expectation of His coming.
Such faith does not see His second coming as the entirety of their hope. Of course, Jesus’ return is our highest hope, but faith-filled people believe that the King is ready to come today, to enter your life’s circumstances with His grace, love, and power! We have hope in Jesus coming to us today!
Zechariah, one of the greatest prophets of the Messiah’s return, said, “Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope” (Zech. 9:12). He spoke literally of a people who were imprisoned, that is, “shut up unto” hope. What a concept, to be inescapably bound to the confidence that our Redeemer is coming today to meet us with His fully sufficient grace, and that He is coming soon to take us to eternal glory! Happy New Year!