Luke 1:67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,
Luke 1:68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
Luke 1:69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
Luke 1:70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
Luke 1:71 that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
Luke 1:72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
Luke 1:73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
Luke 1:74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
Luke 1:75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
Luke 1:76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
Luke 1:77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
Luke 1:78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
Luke 1:79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
I’m going to lay off the commentary today to give you a chance to read through that prayer a few times. This is what just the birth of the announcer of the Messiah caused! This isn’t even the coming of the Messiah yet.
This is just about John the Baptist!