Zechariah’s Redemption: Dec. 9
And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered 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 before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel. Luke 1:67-80
Zechariah had been mute for 9 months. After a lifetime of speech, his voice had suddenly gone silent, gripped helplessly in a sobering divine discipline. Zechariah was ministering in the temple when an angel suddenly appeared to him and told him the news about his new baby, who would be the messenger of the Messiah.
But Zechariah had doubted.
He was old, after all, and his wife was old, and they were barren. Apparently, he had forgotten that God’s Old Testament people had descended from an old, childless couple. He had forgotten that his great forefather was an old man who had believed an impossible promise. In his doubt, Zechariah was disciplined.
But at the birth of his child, he rejected his doubt and placed faith in the God of Abraham. He wrote, “His name shall be John,” to declare his submission to and faith in God’s plan for his son. At once, the discipline ended and his tongue was loosed. Immediately, he proclaimed a prophesy of praise to the God of his fathers.
He declared that the Lord God of Israel had visited and redeemed his people. He spoke of salvation and forgiveness and the tender mercy of the Lord. He spoke of redemption. He spoke of promises fulfilled and a future secured.
Oh come, let us join the words of Zechariah! Let us cast our doubts aside and sing to the Lord who has visited His people, who has redeemed us from our sins, and who will come again with mercy from on high