Sunday, December 18, 2016

Advent Meditation Week 3

December 18: Luke 1:67-80

  • Most Jews were looking for a Messiah who would save them from oppression by the Romans. What kind of salvation did Zechariah foresee in Christ (v. 77)? 
  • Zechariah praised God for keeping his promise to send a Savior. God’s faithfulness to keep His promises is one of the great themes of Christmas. Thank God today for His faithfulness to you. Trust Him to keep His promises.

Luke 1:67-80English Standard Version (ESV)

Zechariah's Prophecy

67 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.

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