Devotional Passage: Luke 1:67-80
This day’s devotional will be our final visit with Zechariah and Elizabeth. It’s interesting that they play such a prominent role in the Christmas story, isn’t it? The reason is that God’s plan all along was to have the respective ministries of John and Jesus be linked. John went ahead of Jesus and paved the way for Jesus’ message. Their lives were entwined, and so it makes sense that their births would be as well. And so it’s fitting that we’ve given Zechariah and Elizabeth their due.
As we wrap up our look at this couple, read Luke 1:67-80. You’ve just read Zechariah’s response to seeing God keep His promise of giving Zechariah and Elizabeth a son. (Can you imagine what a big day this would have been for Zechariah???) It’s in looking closely at Zechariah’s response that we understand why it’s such a valuable aspect of the Christmas narrative.
What we see Zechariah doing here in verses 68-75 is starting up the ol’ time machine and walking us through a little history session. He recalls the promise God made to Abraham to make a nation through him. He recalls God’s faithfulness in promising a Messiah to rescue Israel from exile. He sees the promise of Jesus’ birth to Mary and Joseph through the lens of God’s faithfulness in providing him and Elizabeth with a son. He is grasping the history-altering, world-rocking mission of God. Zechariah is starting to sense that something pretty awesome is happening.
Check out what he says in verses 68-69: “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.” Isn’t this what Christmas is all about? Isn’t this why we get so excited this time of year? Jesus was God wrapped in flesh, hanging out with us, His children. Jesus was God’s pathway to peace and harmony between humankind and Himself. And it all started with a little baby born in humble surroundings. This is why we celebrate.
Think about this:
• In your own words, come up with why Christmas means so much to you.
• What is your favorite thing about Christmas to celebrate?
• Is there anything you can do mentally or spiritually to put yourself in a position to make Christmas more meaningful?