Message of the Messiah-Luke 1:67-80

Luke 1:67-80 “His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us— 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.”
Luca 1:67-80 “Zaccaria, suo padre, fu pieno di Spirito Santo e profetizzò, dicendo: 68 «Benedetto sia il Signore, il Dio d’Israele, #perché ha visitato e riscattato il suo popolo, 69 e ci ha suscitato un potente Salvatore #nella casa di Davide, suo servo, 70 come aveva promesso da tempo per bocca dei suoi santi profeti; 71 uno che ci salverà dai nostri nemici e dalle mani di tutti quelli che ci odiano, 72 per usare così misericordia verso i nostri padri #e ricordarsi del suo santo patto, 73 del giuramento che fece ad Abraamo nostro padre, 74 per concederci, liberati dalla mano dei nostri nemici, #di poterlo servire senza paura, 75 in santità e giustizia, alla sua presenza, per tutti i nostri giorni. 76 E tu, bambino, sarai chiamato profeta dell’Altissimo, #perché andrai davanti al Signore per preparare le sue vie, 77 per dare al suo popolo conoscenza della salvezza #mediante il perdono dei loro peccati, 78 grazie ai sentimenti di misericordia del nostro Dio;#per i quali l’Aurora dall’alto ci visiterà 79 per risplendere su quelli che giacciono in tenebre e in ombra di morte, #per guidare i nostri passi verso la via della pace». 80 Or il bambino cresceva e si fortificava nello spirito; e stette nei deserti fino al giorno in cui doveva manifestarsi a Israele.”
     After Zechariah announced that his son would be named John, his tongue was loosed to speak; he prayed and prophesied about the coming of the Messiah and the role his newborn son would play. These verses read like a Psalm and are filled with quotes from the Old Testament. Five ideas stand out in relation to Zechariah’s words:
     First, he was filled with the Holy Spirit when he prophesied. True prophets of God were filled with the Holy Spirit when they spoke.   
     Second, it is an exhortation of praise to God. “Praise be to the Lord…” Of the 340 references to this word “praise” in the Scriptures, nearly 300 of them connect it with this phrase or similar wording.
     Third, his prophecy gives purpose to his praise. It is God’s redemption of His people. After centuries of waiting for the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies, it is the dawn of the coming king who would be the horn of salvation. The horn of the animal is symbolic of its power. Notice how the power of his horn will be used: deliverance, mercy and to remember His covenant.
     Fourth, he prophesies the plan for God’s people. God would create a people who would serve Him freely without fear from any oppression and would live in God’s righteousness and standards.
     Fifth, Zechariah prophetically describes the ministry of John the Baptist. John will be the forerunner (prepare the way) for the Lord. Malachi 3:1 prophesies of the coming of John: “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me.” The Bible says he will be a prophet of the most high God. Although he would be great in the sight of the Lord, it was John who declared that his life was one of self-denial. As the crowds that followed him began to grow, John would always point to Jesus. In John 3:30, he answered the question of his ministry: “He must become greater; I must become less.” Zechariah’s prophecy encompasses a fulfillment of all the prophecies about the coming of the Messiah. Praise be to the Lord!
Pray with me: Lord, I read how Zechariah gave the most important message of his life. I, also, want to be used by You. Help me to openly share the most important message to my world. 


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