Verses 78-79 “…because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
As we reach the end of our week about peace we look at one more prophecy about Jesus being the source of true peace. This prophecy comes through the Holy Spirit from the lips of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. It comes after over nine months of Zechariah being mute for doubting God saying He was giving a son to the older couple. Zechariah had nine months to think about his doubt and silently watch as his wife was filled with joy over the blessing of this gift. He had heard how his son had jumped for joy while still in the womb. He had likely witnessed his wife and her relative, Mary, talking about what it was like to be part of God’s plan promised so many generations ago.
It was through that reflecting that Zechariah comes to this joyous moment of using his newly returned voice to speak of who his son, John, was born to be as well as who his son was born to point to. The prophecy closes with the last prophecy about Jesus before His birth. This is also the first prophecy that is given in present tense. He doesn’t say that God is coming to His people he says that God has come to His people. Zechariah was giving praise for the keeping of the promise. He knew God’s peace in a new and powerful way. That same peace is available to us today, but only through knowing Jesus in a personal way.
Making It Personal
What does it mean to you that God kept His promise? How does knowing He kept His promise bring you peace today? What about the peace of being in relationship with Him are you going to praise Him for today?
Making It Personal Kids
How does it make you feel knowing that God kept His promise to send Jesus? Does knowing that God keeps His promises make you feel peace? What about knowing God’s peace can you praise Him for today?
Father, only You are completely faithful in keeping Your word and we can’t praise You enough for that. Father, we know that since You have kept Your promises in the past that You will keep them in the future and we can know that Jesus will come again and that we will be with You for eternity. In Jesus’ name, amen.