Grace From the Start: {Dec 23rd}

And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
    for he has visited and redeemed his people
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we should be saved from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
    and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74     that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
75     in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
    in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
    whereby the sunrise shall visit us[a] from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

Luke 1:67-80

John was the baby sent to prepare the way for Jesus. He is the last of the prophets before Jesus makes his appearance. His job is to
‘give knowledge of salvation to his people
    in the forgiveness of their sins,’

In the song from John’s father, Zachariah, we hear of the faithfulness of God. It is interesting that while John’s mother was pregnant with him Zachariah was unable to speak. When Zachariah was able to speak he spoke of the awesome work of God. We can read this words to one another and be reminded of all that God did before baby Jesus arrived in Bethlehem. We are oh so close to celebrating that glorious day.

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