Hope Bursting

Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole/ Zephaniah

Today we are on our last day of our sermon series, Seeing Jesus through the Old Testament. So we are going to end by looking for Jesus in a very common Old Testament book, Zephaniah. Yes, this book really does exist. According to Mike Bullmore, Zephaniah starts off almost with no hope, then moves towards a little hope and then eventually ends with hope bursting into glory.

There appears to be no hope. (Zephaniah 1:2-4)

We start to see a glimmer of hope. (Zephaniah 2:1-3)

Hope bursts into rejoicing. (Zephaniah 3:14-17)

Zephaniah is speaking of redemption in Christ here. We know that Jerusalem does indeed fall after this prophecy. So this rejoicing and salvation that Zephaniah is prophesying is for the future. Most scholars believe Zephaniah is alluding to the great consummation of Christ.

Often this is called the great “parousia.”

The Greek word “parousia,” literally means the “royal appearing,” the visitation, the “coming” of a King to his people. It is the day when the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdoms of our God and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.