Luke 1:67–80 (ESV)
67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,
68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of
his servant David,
70 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;
72 to show the mercy promised
to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called
the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation
to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
If you remember a few days back, Mary broke out in a song which we call the Magnificat. Yesterday’s reading... John is born and Zechariah get’s his voice back. In today’s reading, Zechariah
was filled with the Holy Spirit and breaks out with a prophecy. He blesses the Lord for redeeming his people. God is carrying out the promised plan of Salvation. The promised Messiah comes through the House of David, but so does John.
He comes “that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.” He is the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham and he comes in holiness and righteousness. And you (John), will be “called the prophet
of the Most High” and will go before the Messiah to prepare the way for the Messiah. He give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins. He will bring light to those who sit in darkness and guide the believers into
the way of peace. When you read this, it is easy to confuse this prophecy as a prophecy about Jesus. Well, it is... but this prophecy is about John coming to prepare the way for Jesus. John plays an important role for setting the people up
and getting them ready for the Messiah. John is part of the plan of Salvation, but he is not the Messiah.
Verse 80 says that John grew and became strong in spirit. He also lived in the wilderness
until the day of his public appearance. You will see a hint of this coming in later readings that he was comfortable living in the wilderness. The Lord has plans for John, and the Lord has plans for you. God works through people to carry
out his plan of Salvation. God uses you to plant the seeds of faith in your community. You don’t need to worry about converting people to Christians, that job belongs to the Holy Spirit. But God does work through you. What if
John had decided he didn’t want to get involved or was afraid of what people might think of him. We too come under the same temptations, but God is working through you. I pray: Lord, help me to keep you ever before me and to share
the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Help me to not be concerned about what others may think, but help me to plant the seeds of faith. Use me and mold me according to your will. Amen.