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.
It amazes me to consider what Zechariah knew; to realize what he understood. Granted, he obviously didn’t comprehend that the Savior coming would one day die—willingly. He probably did not grasp how Jesus would turn religion on its head. But just recognizing that he understood the Messiah was coming, that he saw his own son as the prophet who would prepare the way. It is truly amazing to comprehend his level of faith and trust in what God was doing.
And I love the way he speaks to his son, the way he tells John of his part in the coming of Jesus. And in the end, it causes me even more appreciation for what Jesus was coming to do—what he has done. And it gives me hope for the future of his return, when all things will be brought to fullness in him.
This is truly a momentous and beautiful birth we look to celebrate just a short week and a day from now. Jesus—God with us—come down from the Father to give us life and hope through the forgiveness of our sins.
The morning light of heaven has indeed broken upon us. I can hardly wait to celebrate it!
Day Nineteen Reading: Luke 1:67-80
In what ways has Jesus brought light to the darkness in your life?
Prayer—Father, we thank you for the way of peace into which Jesus guides our feet.