Read Luke 1:5-25
What stuck out to you in reading these verses today?
Did the verses raise any questions as you read?
What is God leading you to know or do from these verses?
This week, as we read of the birth of Jesus in Luke and Matthew, notice how God prepared the way for Jesus’ birth. The first step was a visit to Zechariah, the eventual father of John the Baptist, as he served in the temple, the house of God.
This was a miraculous visit for a Jewish person, because God had not been active in the lives of his people for 400 years. God had been silent – no prophet had spoken since Malachi. To say that Zechariah was shocked by the angel is an understatement. An angel appeared to him in the temple, and spoke great news about his son (a son – how could that be?!) and the one before whom he would go before! Zechariah, doubted, though what God said through the angel.
God showed Zechariah that he is good and loving, through the provision of a son. God showed Zechariah that he is powerful enough to do exactly what He said, by giving them a son in their old age. God proved his trustworthiness. Trust God and his Word today.