Luke 1 tells the story of Zechariah who was a priest and his wife, Elizabeth. They were both well along in years and had no children because Elizabeth was barren. It is a remarkable story…a “nothing is impossible for God” story.
One day when Zechariah was serving as priest before God, an angel appears and tells Zachariah that God has heard his prayer. Elizabeth would bear Zachariah a son and he was to name the child, John. Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
The angel replied, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.” The angel went on to tell Zechariah that because he did not believe the angel’s words, which would come true at the proper time, he would not be able speak until the day the child was born.
At the proper time, the words did come true. Elizabeth gave birth to a son and Zechariah named him, John. Zechariah’s voice is restored and now filled with the Holy Spirit, he prophesies:
68 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has visited and redeemed his people.
69 He has sent us a mighty Savior
from the royal line of his servant David,
70 just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago.
Instead of saying, “how can I be sure”, Zechariah now speaks in faith. Look at the tense of the verbs. The Lord has visited, redeemed, sent us a mighty Savior…and yet Jesus is still in Mary’s womb.
Did Zechariah use the wrong tense of these verbs? No, he now understands that the promises of God are true. They are real. He is so sure and certain of this truth that he is not waiting to see the Savior with his physical eye before agreeing with God regarding what The Lord has already spoken.
1 Kings 8:56
“Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel just as He promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave through His servant Moses.”
[Did you catch that? Not one word of one promise. So thankful that our God is no respecter of person, this promise is mine! The Lord never comes short on His promises.]
Now, this is no ‘name it, claim it’ teaching.
It is a Numbers 23:19 teaching.
“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
The way ‘to be sure’ is to have faith in the promises of God!
It has been a long wait BUT GOD is about to prove once again that His every word is true. John the Baptist’s divine assignment is to announce and prepare hearts for the coming of Jesus the Christ, the promised Messiah!
Blessed be the Name of The Lord!
What does it say?
What does it mean?
What does it mean for my life?