Daily Devotion - November 30, 2020 - Zechariah's Song

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – November 30, 2020
Reading:
John 1:67-80
Weekly Theme: Preparing the Way
Today: Zechariah's Song

This time of year we find ourselves preparing for the coming of the Lord...both preparing for the celebration of the birth of Christ as well as preparing our hearts as we reflect on the return of Christ to gather the church. As we get caught up in the shopping and decorating and card writing and baking, how are we preparing our hearts and mind for the real meaning behind this season?

Today’s passage includes a prayer of praise and prophesy by the father of the one who prepared the way for Jesus Christ before Jesus’ ministry began...the father of John the Baptist, Zechariah. He found out that he was going to be a daddy at an old age, was initially stricken with disbelief when the angel made him aware of this news and even questioned the angel. Because of his disbelief, he was unable to speak until after John was born. In John 1:67-80, John has just been born, Zechariah's speech has been restored and he is so overcome with joy he sings a song in which he acknowledges the one for whom his son will prepare the way, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. He tells of what the ministry of Jesus will entail: he will save God’s people from their enemies, show mercy to their ancestors, fulfill the oath he swore to our father Abraham, to rescue God’s people and enable them to serve God, without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

He then prophesies then that his son, John will prepare the way for Jesus, by giving God's people knowledge of salvation and forgiveness that will be offered by Jesus, and sharing and showing the shining, tender mercy of God. John will pave the way for Jesus who will shine light on those who live in darkness and death and guide their feet into a path of peace. John the Baptist was a man who was filled with the Spirit of God, even when he was still in his mother’s womb, who grew and then lived in the wilderness until he began his ministry which was to prepare the way for Jesus, the light of hope and peace.

Just as John prepared the way for Jesus, before Jesus began his ministry and became known as the Son of God and Messiah, we too, should be preparing the way for Jesus coming into our lives and the lives of others, now, each and every day. We should be looking and waiting for Jesus to reveal himself to us each day throughout the day. We should also be preparing ourselves and others for when Jesus returns by asking God’s kingdom to come, and God’s will to be done now on earth as it is in heaven and actively engaging in the building of God’s kingdom now, in every aspect of our lives. Are we truly seeking Jesus every day? Are we preparing the way for Christ to enter our life right now so that we will be ready when Christ comes again? Let’s praise God, like Zechariah, for that which has been prophesied, that which has been fulfilled and that which is yet to be fulfilled!

Dear God, thank you so much for John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus and acknowledged his own inadequacies and unworthiness when compared to the saving grace and shining light of Jesus. Help us to have passion to prepare the way for Jesus as he enters our lives each and every day and for when he comes again to gather his church. And it is in Jesus’ strong and precious name we pray. Amen.

 
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