Reflecting His Light (Luke 1:57-80)
Gearl Spicer, December 13, 2020
Part of the Alive @ Christmas series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Luke 1:57–80 (Listen)
57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58 And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, 60 but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.” 61 And they said to her, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” 62 And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. 63 And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. 64 And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God. 65 And fear came on all their neighbors. And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea, 66 and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.
67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,
68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
Alive @ Christmas
REFLECTING HIS LIGHT
Do your Christmas preparations reflect His light?
*We are alive in these moments to reflect the glory of Jesus!
*Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had displayed His great mercy toward her; and they were rejoicing with her. vs. 57-58
*And he asked for a tablet and wrote as follows, "His name is John." And they were astonished. vs. 63
*All who heard them kept them in mind, saying, "What then will this child turn out to be?" For the hand of the Lord was certainly with him. vs. 66
I. Redemption—Set free to live—vs.68
A. He visits us personally
B. He transforms us eternally
II. Salvation—Equipped to win—vs. 69-75
A. Fulfillment of prophecy
B. Conquer every enemy
C. Reserved for holiness and righteousness
III. Preparation—Paved the way—vs.76-77
A. Knowledge of His plan
B. Forgiveness of sin
IV. Excitement—Dawn of a new day—vs. 78-79
A. Rescue from darkness
B. Guide to peace
Take away—Simple obedience opened the door to the brightest light!
Are you walking in the Light?