(Luke 1:66-70) Salvation Has Come To Israel And To The World

[Luke 1:66, BSB] “66 And all who heard this wondered in their hearts and asked, “What then will this child become?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.”

  • Everything that came about like Elizabeth, who was barren, got pregnant, Zechariah being mute, and the words of praise that were said got the people wondering: what was God going to do with their child (John the baptist)?

[Luke 1:67, BSB] “67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:”

  • The word “prophesied” means that the words that came forth are coming from another source other than the person. A person can only prophesy if they have the Holy Spirit, which it is He who speaks through the person.

[Luke 1:68, BSB] 68 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and redeemed His people.”

  • Zechariah, inspired by the Spirit of God, exclaimed that God has indeed visited His people to save them. God appeared to them through Christ, who was going to be not only their sacrificial lamb to atone for their sins but also the rest of the world.

Jesus is the only one who paid for the sins of the world on the cross. No one can make it into heaven without placing one’s faith in Jesus Christ and asking Him for forgiveness.

[Luke 1:69, BSB] “69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David,”

  • The word “horn” means power and when put with the word “salvation” suggests that through the power of God alone, seen in Jesus’ death and resurrection, can salvation, atoning for the sins of the whole world, from the first man created, to the last one can be made possible. 

[Luke 1:70, BSB] “70 as He spoke through His holy prophets, those of ages past,”

  • The prophets of old prophesied concerning the Messiah that through Him, the message of salvation would come to Israel first and then to the gentiles. One of the biggest prophesies told in the Old Testament can be seen in Isaiah 53. It talks about how the Christ/Messiah would suffer for the sins of the world, and by His wounds (scourging and His death for us), we can find healing, that is salvation (by believing in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior).

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.

(Luke 1:61-65) God’s Word Came To Pass, And Zechariah Spoke Again After Being Mute

[Luke 1:61, BSB] “61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who bears this name.”

  • The people were perplexed with Elizabeth for naming her son John. In the first century, it seems that the people reused names from within their families, as the name familiarize the person’s family.

Back then, as it is today as well, we tend to give the kids that the Lord has given us our names, or names from our parents. It is to remember the person the child was named after. Believers in Christ carry the name [title] “Christian” When people see you, do they think about Jesus?

[Luke 1:62, BSB] “62 So they made signs to his father to find out what he wanted to name the child.”

  • Since Elizabeth was poised to name her son John, they motioned to the father, as he has the final authority, to what he wanted to him his son.

[Luke 1:63, BSB] “63 Zechariah asked for a tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they were all amazed.”

  • Zechariah was mute because he lacked faith in believing the message of the Lord so he could only communicate with a tablet to write on. When he wrote on the tablet, John, they couldn’t understand why he would break the tradition of the time.

At times, God will reveal to us things in the Scripture that we must do for Him, but others won’t understand why. When the Lord speaks to you, He will be precise that only you will know why He said that to you.

[Luke 1:64, BSB] “64 Immediately Zechariah’s mouth was opened and his tongue was released, and he began to speak, praising God.”

  • After Gabriel’s word came to pass, Zechariah was now able to speak. The first thing that came out of his mouth was praises to the Most High God. In Luke 6:45, it says, “45 The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
  • Zechariah had goodness [love for God] stored in his heart. His mouth testified to it.

When you open up your mouth, what comes out, good or bad words?

[Luke 1:65, BSB] “65 All their neighbors were filled with awe, and people throughout the hill country of Judea were talking about these events.”

  • The events referred to was for both naming their son John, even though no relatives of theirs carried that name, and Zechariah, being unable to speak, was not only talking again, but the first thing that came out of his mouth was for praising God.

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.

(Luke 1:56-60) God Kept His Promise To Zechariah And Elizabeth

[Luke 1:56, BSB] “56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.”

  • Most likely, Mary stayed until the birth of John the Baptist and then went back home.

[Luke 1:57, BSB] “57 When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son.”

  • The birth of John shows that God keeps His word and what is written will come to pass.

Everything we read in the Scriptures is trustworthy. We can be confident that those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ will go to heaven after death.

[Luke 1:58, BSB] “58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they rejoiced with her.”

  • God’s hand was evident in Elizabeth’s life. Through God’s miracle, the Lord received glory.

Obedience to the Word of God will bring God’s blessing on you, and in turn, people around you who witnessed it or heard about it will bring them closer to the knowledge of Jesus Christ for salvation.

[Luke 1:59, BSB] “59 On the eighth day, when they came to circumcise the child, they were going to name him after his father Zechariah.”

  • In Leviticus 12:2-3, God commands the Israelites that all boys who are born must be circumcised after seven days, which the Lord prescribed for the mother’s uncleanness [referring to her bleeding while giving birth].
  • Circumcision was a covenant that God made between Abraham and his future children, the Israelites. The word “covenant” means that both parties are in league with each other through a treaty. Every Israelite male had to get circumcised to show that they were bound to God and followers of the true God. Circumcision also showed that the circumcised person worships the true God while the non-circumcised one believes in a false god.
  • In the New Testament, the fulfillment of circumcision was by receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit in a person distinguishes him from a non-believer.

Romans 2:29
“No, a man is a Jew because he is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise does not come from men, but from God.”

[Luke 1:60, BSB] “60 But his mother replied, “No! He shall be called John.”

  • Elizabeth objected to naming her son with the father’s name since God’s angel specifically told Zechariah to give him the name John as seen in verse 13.

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.