What Jesus Did! 'The Voice of the Redeemed' — Luke 1:67-75

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Then Zechariah, John's father, was filled with the Holy Spirit. He told the people what would happen: "Praise to the Lord God of Israel (the Jews). God has come to help his people and has given them freedom. God has given us a powerful Savior from the family of God's servant, David. God said that he would do this. He said it through his holy prophets that lived long ago. God will save us from our enemies and from the power of all those that hate us. God said he would give mercy to our fathers. And he remembered his holy promise. God made a promise to Abraham, our father. God promised to free us from the power of our enemies, so that we could serve him without fear. We will be holy and good before God as long as we live."
— Luke 1:67-75
Illustration of Luke 1:67-75 — "Praise to the Lord God of Israel (the Jews)."

Key Thought

Mary praised God in her youth, from the bottom of her heart, in words steeped in Scripture. Now, Zechariah praises God in his old age, from the bottom of his heart, in words steeped in Scripture. Redemption knows no boundaries of gender or age. Praise can't be confined to an age group. Passion doesn't belong to just the young and Scriptural knowledge to just the old. God's grace is a river that exceeds its banks and brings its joy to young and old alike. So let's open our hearts to God's grace. Let's open our minds to his Word. Let's praise him for his work of redemption and his love that brought him to visit his people.

Today's Prayer

I praise you, O great God, the Almighty. I praise you for your power exhibited in your creation. I praise you for your patience and faithfulness to your promises. I praise you for your love and sacrifice. I praise you for your power over sin and death. I praise you for being who you are and doing what you do. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

We will be holy and good before God as long as we live. "Now you, little boy, will be called a prophet of the Most High (God). You will go first before the Lord to make the people ready for the Lord's coming. You will make his people know that they will be saved. They will be saved by having their sins forgiven. "With the loving mercy of our God, a new Day from heaven will shine on us. God will help the people that live in darkness, in the fear of death. He will lead us in the way that goes toward peace." And so the little boy (John) was growing up and becoming stronger in spirit. John lived in a place away from other people, until the time when he came out {to tell God's message} to Israel (the Jews).

Luke 1:75-80

Related Scripture Readings

You were all baptized into Christ. So you were all clothed with Christ. This shows that you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Now, in Christ, there is no difference between Jew and Greek (non-Jew). There is no difference between slaves and free people. There is no difference between male and female. You are all the same in Christ Jesus. You belong to Christ. So you are Abraham's descendants. You get all of God's blessings because of the promise {that God made to Abraham}.

Galatians 3:26-29

I write to you, dear children, because your sins are forgiven through Christ. I write to you, fathers, because you know the One who existed (lived) from the beginning. I write to you, young people, because you have defeated the Evil One (the devil). I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know the One who existed (lived) from the beginning. I write to you, young people, because you are strong; the word of God lives in you, and you have defeated the Evil One.

1 John 2:12-14

Everything on earth, praise the Lord! Great sea animals in the oceans, praise the Lord! God made the fire and hail, the snow and smoke, and all the stormy winds. God made the mountains and hills, the fruit trees and cedar trees. God made all the wild animals and cattle, the reptiles and birds. God made the kings and nations on earth. God made the leaders and judges. God made the young men and women. God made the old and young people. Praise the Lord's name! Honor his name forever! Everything in heaven and earth, praise him!

Psalm 148:7-13

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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