In the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke we read the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth and their baby who they named John.
John was a miracle baby. Zechariah and Elizabeth were both old and Elizabeth was barren but Zechariah while on duty serving God in the temple (he was a priest) the angel Gabriel visited him and gave him the promise that his prayers had been answered and he and his wife would have a son, a son with a special role in God’s plan to save the world. Gabriel said “he will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly”.
Zechariah doubted the angel and was struck dumb.
The baby was born and on his eighth day as he was about to be circumcised and named, because Zechariah was obedient to insist on his name being John, he, (Zechariah) was suddenly able to speak again. As he spoke, he prophesied about what John would do and what God was doing through his, as of yet, unrevealed servant, Jesus.
““And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins. Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”
I need this. I need God’s mercy. I need forgiveness. I need rescue and salvation. I need light to illuminate the darkness in the world and in my own heart, mind and soul. Thank you Zechariah for being a faithful follower of God and being instrumental in ushering in our savior Jesus.
Zechariah, He was just a guy showing up for work. Because he was a faithful man God used him in his plan to save the world. Maybe God has plans for my day today, maybe our day today? Lord will you use us today to expand your kingdom?