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Pointing the Way: John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25) - 11/27/22

INTRO

  • The preparation…

  • The coming of Christ is taking place

  • The announcement of the birth of John the Baptist

  • The messiah is coming

Zechariah and Elizabeth – vv. 5-9

  • Their character

    • Righteous before God

    • Walking blamelessly in God’s statues and commands

  • Their circumstances

    • No children

    • Society would have questioned their obedience to God

  • Their calling

    • Once in a lifetime for priestBoth faithful and serving…IN SPITE OF CIRCUMSTANCES

    • Altar of incense. Prayers lifted up to God

    • Serving = Do what the Lord has called us to do

Gabriel’s presence and Message – vv. 10-17

  • Do not be afraid – v. 13

  • Your prayer has been heard – v. 13

    • You will bear a son

    • You shall call him John

  • You will have joy and gladness

    • Many will rejoice at his birth

  • He will be great before the Lord

  • He will be filled with the Holy Spirit

    • Even from his mothers womb

  • He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord

  • He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah

    • Turn hearts

    • Make ready =for the Lord a people prepared

This is the FIRST VOICE OF GOD SINCE MALACHI…over 400 years.


Zechariah’s Reaction – v. 18

  • How shall I know this

    • He is standing before Gabriel?????

    • Has he forgotten about Abraham and Sarah?????

  • Before we judge… we must remember that no one is perfect. He obviously was a righteous man that was serving the Lord.

  • A better question should be…. WHAT ARE WE DOUBTING ABOUT WHAT GOD?

Gabriel’s Closing Words – vv. 19-25

  • I am Gabriel

  • I stand in the presence of God

  • I was sent to speak

  • You will be silent until…

CONCLUSION

  • Redemptions History… all points to the Gospel

  • Over 400 years of silence… Gabriel speaks.

    • The forerunner is part of redemption history

    • A bridging of the Old and the New

  • Altar of incense

    • Must be holy – set apart

    • Our prayers to God… only by priest

  • JESUS FULFILLED…. on through Christ

  • THE LORD HAS DONE – v. 25

  • John the Baptist is pointing to the holy one

  • His message will be repentance

  • Their sin…. the need of forgiveness

  • The need for a HOLY ONE

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