Text: Luke 1.67-80 (Read it here.)
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
(Luke 1.68, NIV)
Pictures of the Family
Author: Rob Anderson
People are proud of their children. Don’t believe me, just go to Facebook. Scroll through the feeds of people who are your friends and my guess is that it will not be long before you find pictures posted of their children or grandchildren. This is especially true during this season of graduations.
This is not a trend Facebook started. While it may not be the case as much as it used to be, wallets came with plastic sleeves to hold pictures. Out on the town and run into a friend you have not seen for a while? Whip out the wallet and show the latest snapshot of your spouse, children, or grandchildren.
In Luke 1, Zechariah has an opportunity to show the world a “picture” of his child, his first-born. Yet, when you read carefully his song, what you discover is his praises are directed toward the cousin of his child, Jesus.
How many of us, when given the chance, would pass on telling others about our own flesh and blood? Not many, I would suspect.
It’s not that Zechariah does not mention his son, John (the one we know as John the Baptist). But even when he gets to the praises his own son, his focus is how John will serve as the prophet to announce the coming of the Lord.
Perhaps this can be a lesson for us. While we are certainly proud of the accomplishments of our children—even if they are not the top graduates of their class—we can take even greater joy in the ways they show the world the Messiah who has come to offer salvation.
Zechariah says that God has come to redeem his people. What does redemption mean? As you think about redemption, how does your definition of it apply to how you live your life or how you recognize the sovereignty of God?
In what ways has the redemption of God through Jesus provided you “salvation from your enemies?” Has this been a one time thing, or does redemption continue to occur as new enemies appear?
Are you ever afraid to serve God? If so, why is this the case? How does his salvation—or how should his salvation—enable you to overcome that fear?