Luke 1: 67-79 CSB “Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and provided redemption for his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, just as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets in ancient times; salvation from our enemies and from the hand of those who hate us. He has dealt mercifully with our ancestors and remembered his holy covenant — the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant that we, having been rescued from the hand of our enemies, would serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness in his presence all our days. And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins. Because of our God’s merciful compassion, the dawn from on high will visit us to shine on those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
I wonder what people hearing that thought? More importantly, how do we respond to that reading it today? We have the benefit of having the whole story in our hands. We have the ability to study the Scriptures and connect the New Testament to it’s Old Testament foretelling.
The beginning of Zechariah’s prophecy deals with the history of Israel but verses seventy six and seventy seven is where it gets interesting, ” And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.” Every God called prophet in the Old Testament pointed forward to Jesus. Every God called Apostle in the New Testament pointed back to Jesus.
John said, behold, The Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. John said, he must increase and I must decrease. Zechariah prophesied that John was to prepare the way, he didn’t draw people to himself. He baptized them unto repentance and pointed to Jesus.
Let everything about this Christmas season point to Jesus. Let the tree, the lights, the cookies, the presents, let everything point to Jesus.