by Stephen Whitney

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Great Expectations (6 of 8)
Series: John the Baptist
Stephen Whitney
Luke 1:67-79

Charles Dickens was one of the greatest English novelists. In 1860 his weekly magazine called All The Year Round had a sharp drop in sales. Some kind of dramatic change was needed in order for the magazine to survive. Charles decided to write a story about a
young man he might have been and each week to publish another
chapter in his magazine to boost sales.

The story was about a young boy named Pip whose parents had died and was being raised by his sister. One day he happened to met a prisoner who had escaped and demanded that Pip bring him something to eat and a file to cut the iron chain off of his leg. The man promised that somehow he would repay Pip for helping him.

As an orphan living in the grim atmosphere of Joe's Blacksmith Shop and the poverty of his sister's home, Pip was willing and eager to learn. His one great ambition in life was to better his
position in society any way that he could.

During the fourth year of his apprenticeship in the blacksmith shop a stranger comes and tells him that he is to be "reared as a young
gentleman of great expectations" because an unknown person has
provided a large sum of money for his education and expects to make Pip his heir.

The convict which Pip had helped years before didn't forget his kindness and had sent money for his education to help him become
a gentleman because he had great expectations for him.

Parents often have great expectations for their children. They want them to grow up to be the best they can be and make the most they can of their lives. Zechariah is no different. The first words out of his mouth when he was able to speak are words of praise about the great expectations that God is going to do through his son John.


First, Zechariah looks back and remembers the past promises of God to the nation of Israel. It has been 400 years ...

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