Jesus is My … – Week 1 – 12/2/2018
For background, read the story of Zechariah and the birth of John the Baptist in Luke chapter 1.
The Bible is a series of stories that tell one big story, and at the center of the story is a baby. They tell the story of who Jesus is.
Zechariah and Elizabeth might have been praying for a long time for a child. Sometimes we think a lack of progress somehow equals God’s lack of generosity or care in our lives, but the angel says no! Silence doesn’t equal absence. But Zechariah had one foot in belief and one foot in disbelief. So God disciplined him into solid belief. When God disciplines us, He wants to do it so that fruit comes out in our lives – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
At the end of this time of discipline, Zechariah will do two things:
He obeys the Father!
He worships the Father!
Elizabeth said that God poured out His grace to take away her disgrace. Propitiation means a payment that satisfies. Expiation means to take away. What God takes away, He takes away forever!
What do you want Jesus to take from you this Christmas?