Wednesday, December 10, 2018
Luke 1:76, “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways.”
• a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement
• a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action
• the common-law action to recover damages for breach of such a contract
• to promise
• to enter into
The scripture passage for today, tells us of Zechariah’s voice returning and how he recounts the promises of God to His people referring to God’s holy covenant in Luke 1:72-73, “Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us.” As we continue reading Luke 1:76-79, we read our the role John will play in preparing the way and the people for Jesus and His ministry. What an exciting day for everyone present for Zechariah and Elizabeth’s son to be circumcised. *Full story read Luke 1:57-67. Zechariah’s voice returned, his son was named, John just as the angel had told them and Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and then spoke a prophesy to all those present. He reminds the people of God’s promises to His people, His children that they would be saved from their enemies, that they would be rescued and that they might serve without fear. What a day of celebration that must have been! Zechariah goes on to speak directly to his son, John telling him of the many wonders he would do in making preparations for the Lord. He explains the vital role John would have in making way for Jesus, John will be proclaiming Jesus’ arrival and that He would give light to the darkness. The advent story is so detailed and relative to the family bonds that were strengthened through the miracles of two women, cousins. They would both become pregnant, beyond belief, not for their glory…for God’s glory. Though the stories are completely believable to today’s believers it would not have been so easy back then, furthermore, Mary would have had many scorning her, gossiping about her and wanted to punish her but Joseph cared for her and her wellbeing before he knew the circumstances of her situation. What a noble, standup guy he was! I love the imagery of these two families coming together for the cause of making a way for baby Jesus to come into the world and be our Lord and Savior. My hope is that you find peace in hearing this advent story. I pray that you believe in the saving power of Jesus Christ and the sacrifices that were made so all could receive forgiveness and have a personal relationship with Jesus. If I can pray for you, please let me know. Today, we can hold onto the promises of God and know that He will keep His covenants.
Prayer: Oh Lord, empower your church to tell, teach and attend to the world. Amen.
~Peace and Blessings~