“Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.’” (Luke 1:11-13)
Imagine Zechariah’s surprise! It had been more than 400 years since anyone had heard a word from the Lord. Zechariah and Elizabeth were known for their personal holiness. They were well suited for doing a special work for God. Zechariah was told before anyone else that God was setting into motion his own visit to earth. His first response to the angel’s message was doubt, and as a result Zechariah wasn’t able to speak until the baby was born! But God is faithful as Zechariah and Elizabeth usher in the forerunner of the Messiah, with their son, John the Baptist. We have hope in Zechariah’s story that God can do great things through anyone who is available to Him.
This week message sneak peek:
Luke 1:5-25 “Zechariah and Elizabeth”
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