What Jesus Did! 'Beyond Fear' — Luke 1:11-13

Monday, January 5, 2015

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Then, on the right side of the incense table, an angel of the Lord (God) came and stood before Zechariah. When he saw the angel, Zechariah was upset and very afraid. But the angel said to him, "Zechariah, don't be afraid. Your prayer has been heard by God. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give birth to a baby boy. You must name him John."
— Luke 1:11-13 NLT
Illustration of Luke 1:11-13 NLT — "Zechariah, don't be afraid. Your prayer has been heard by God. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give birth to a baby boy. You must name him John."

Key Thought

God has sent his presence, his messengers (angels), his love, and most of all, his Son, to us to cast out our fear. Zechariah is caught up in the whole exciting faithfulness of God that occurs with the coming of the Messiah. God has chosen Zechariah, along with his wife Elizabeth, to play crucial roles in the fulfillment of God's greatest promises. This faithfulness, however, was experienced as a very personal blessing in addition to their roles in the coming of the Messiah. Zechariah experienced his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to offer sacrifice at the great Temple. Zechariah received a visit from God's heavenly messenger, an angel. Zechariah was given a son in his old age. But, Zechariah was also given a job—he was to name his son John. When we faithfully obey God, we are never completely sure what the result of that obedience will be. Often times, we feel that no one will really know whether we obey or not. Yet God is still at work in his world through his people's obedience to bring about great things. Let's not take God's commands lightly. Who knows where that "simple" obedience may ultimately lead!

Today's Prayer

Father, please accept my obedience in the little, clear, and simple things as an offering of my love to you. Take that obedience and bring glory to your name and a blessing to your people whether others know of my part in your plan or not. In Jesus' name, and to Jesus' glory, I offer you this prayer and my life. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 1:14
  • 1 John 4:17-18
  • Hebrews 6:9-12


About This Devotional

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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.