"The Tender Mercy of Our God"
Here in Luke 1 we have two sermons or speeches - one by Mary which has been called "Mary's Magnificat," and the other by Zacharias which is called his "Benedictus." Zacharias gave this prophetic message right after he received his ability to speak again. There is something most interesting here for us to notice. First, John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit when he was conceived 1n his mother's womb (Verse 15). Second, the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary, and she was conceived of the Holy Spirit (Verse 35). Third, when Mary went up into the hill country and greeted Elizabeth, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (Verses 41, 42 ... "And she spoke out with a loud voice.") Fourth, when Zacharias named his son John in obedience to the Word of the Lord, he was filled with the Holy Spirit and preached (Verse 67). This reminds us and reveals to us when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, great things happen in our midst. We ought all to be filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit. It is the command of God for believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
Today we consider this prophetic, spirit-filled message of Zacharias, the Priest of Israel and the father of John the Baptist. Notice it is about salvation! The theme of the Coming (Advent) Is salvation. This is an evangelistic time of year.
John the Baptist was the prophet of the Highest who was to go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways and to give the knowledge of salvation to His people. That means he was to make it possible for them to understand salvation.
My thesis is this: Salvation cannot be understood apart from sin, mercy and light.
Verse 77 ... "To give knowledge of salvation to His people."
I. "BY THE REMISSION OF THEIR SINS."
The sin issue is the big issue with man. Modern religion does not talk about sin. Pagan religion doesn't talk about sin. The cults assume that man Is ...
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