Promises kept

Luke 1:57– 80

The Birth of John the Baptist

When Elizabeth‘s son was born, her neighbours and relatives heard how kind the Lord had been to her, and they too were glad.

Eight days later they did for the child what the Law of Moses commands. They were going to name him Zechariah, after his father.  But Elizabeth said, “No! His name is John.”  The people argued, “No one in your family has ever been named John.”   So they motioned to Zechariah to find out what he wanted to name his son.

Zechariah asked for a writing tablet. Then he wrote, “His name is John.” Everyone was amazed. Right away, Zechariah started speaking and praising God.

All the neighbours were frightened because of what had happened, and everywhere in the hill country people kept talking about these things.  Everyone who heard about this wondered what this child would grow up to be. They knew that the Lord was with him.

Zechariah Praises the Lord

The Holy Spirit came upon Zechariah, and he began to speak:

Praise the Lord,

the God of Israel!

He has come

to save his people.

Our God has given us

a mighty Saviour from the family

of David his servant.

Long ago the Lord promised

by the words

of his holy prophets

to save us from our enemies

and from everyone

who hates us.

God said he would be kind

to our people

and keep

his sacred promise.

He told our ancestor Abraham

that he would rescue us

from our enemies.

Then we could serve him

without fear,

by being holy and good

as long as we live.

You, my son, will be called

a prophet of God

in heaven above.

You will go ahead of the Lord

to get everything ready

for him.

You will tell his people

that they can be saved

when their sins

are forgiven.

God’s love and kindness

will shine upon us

like the sun that rises

in the sky. On us who live

in the dark shadow

of death

this light will shine

to guide us

into a life of peace.

As John grew up, God’s Spirit gave him great power. John lived in the desert until the time he was sent to the people of Israel.


And so it begins.  The forerunner is here – the one who has come to tell of all that will happen, the one who has come to show others the way, to open the world to the possibilities of God.

The world was lost, hurting, desolate, going the wrong way – God is about to do something about it.  Salvation is here.

God keeps his promise – he’s coming to rescue us.

Sins can be forgiven, wrongs can be righted, love and kindness and peace will have their place.  On those who live in the dark, the dawn is coming.

That is all here for us today.  DO you want to have a part of it?

Reach out to God and receive all he has to offer.

Just a  note to say, although I think we should save Christmas for Christmas and not jump too soon,  I’ve covered the birth story at this point to get all the readings in before Christmas, to be able to reflect on the whole story during Advent – and I think the impetus is lost once Christmas Day is here.  Right or wrong? – Let me know…

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