"And You, Child..."
“And You, Child…”
We continue through the Word related to the birth of the Lord Jesus.
Zacharias had proclaimed marvelous truths related to the Lord God and His Covenant nature.
Reread, giving close attention to what Zach says about his son…
And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David His servant—
As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old—
Salvation FROM OUR ENEMIES,
And FROM THE HAND OF ALL WHO HATE US;
To show mercy toward our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant,
The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on BEFORE THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS;
To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
TO SHINE UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
The child, John…Zacharias is speaking directly to the infant…
- will be called a prophet of the Most High
- will go before the Lord
- to prepare His ways
- to give to His people the knowledge of salvation
- by the forgiveness of their sins
- because of the tender mercy of our God
- with which the Sunrise from on high will visit us
- to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death
- to guide our feet into the way of peace
This infant would prepare the way for Messiah.
He would give people knowledge of salvation.
Knowledge of forgiveness of sins.
The mercy of God.
Zacharias knew in Whom salvation laid.
He knew Who the Sunrise was.
He rejoiced in that which He had seen…though he likely did not live to see its fruition.
Yet, he proclaimed to be.
So should we.