Advent - Week 2

Advent - Week 2

Zechariah embraces praise over cynicism. Why do we sing on Sunday mornings? Because we want to show you how to praise regardless of what’s going on in your life when you walk through that door. Regardless of the heartbreak, regardless of the doubts, regardless of the fear, regardless of the disappointment, we give you this space and we open our mouths and sing about the God who doesn’t change, about the God who has done it in the past and will do it again. This is what I think the song of Zechariah teaches us. The song of Zechariah teaches us that God is on the move.

Passage:

Zechariah's Prophecy

67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
    for he has visited and redeemed his people
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we should be saved from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
    and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74     that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
75     in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
    in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
    whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Luke 1:67-79