June 11 - Luke 1:78-79

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Zechariah – prophesying over his baby son, John:

“You will become a prophet of the most high … 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.”

John wasn't called to be the Messiah, but he had some big prophetic shoes to fill.  Can you imagine growing up under the mantle of these words?  But, God knows whom he calls and he prepares us long before we have to face whatever it is that is in front of us.

The great news of Jesus Christ’s arrival was that he would not only conquer sin and set aside our bondage to it, but that he would conquer death as well.

In ancient Israel, the only knowledge they had of eternity was to be remembered by your descendants.  Notice the oral tradition that recited long lists of ancestors.  They didn't know how to hope for life after death.

But that no longer applies.  We have been given the good news of Jesus Christ!  We know what that peace can look like and what that hope will bring us.

So … if you know and live in that peace and hope … tell someone.