Zechariah is speaking to a people that, though they have returned from exile, are still discouraged and hopeless. Their location has changed, but, in many ways, their circumstances have not. Zechariah tries to bring hope to these people by communicating what will be. Zechariah attempts to take the eyes of the people and move them from their present realities to a future certainty. This is the same encouragement that we may need in our own lives. In the face of a discouraging present, we may need to look to the hopeful reality of what is to come.
Zechariah looks to the hope of a king-priest that will come. In this message, Joshua functions as a foretaste of Jesus who is the ultimate king-priest that leads the people of God. Jesus' past work and future return should give us hope regardless of our present circumstances. Christ's return will transform everything and, therefore, we can have hope.
The book of Revelation functions in much the same way as Zechariah as it points us to the realities of what is to come. It started with the seven struggling churches, but has taken us to the great victory that Christ will bring over world empires, evil, and Satan. If you are struggling with a sense of weakness or uncertainty, remember the reality of who Christ is and what he will accomplish for us.
Question of the day: What can you do to remember the hope of the future when you are discouraged about the present?
Father God, thank you that you can give me hope even in the most trying of times. Help me to find my hope in you and in the future return of Christ and help me to share my hope with others today. Amen.