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2. Gist of the Lesson
3. To Do's for the week
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.
Gist Of The Lesson
This story shows us one main thing: When we really understand the gospel and meet Jesus, it affects every single part of our lives. (We can’t compartmentalize our Christianity). John’s life purpose was to point people to Jesus because He came to restore the world and humanity’s relationship with God. Jesus is the answer to everything the people have been waiting for. He’s going to literally fix everything that’s broken. Zechariah's song shows us this truth in a comprehensive way.
Our To-Dos For The Week Of January 20-27 Are:
1. Re-read Zechariah’s speech this week and rest in the truth of who Jesus is. No one can get that reality home to you better than Him.
2. Give your issue to Jesus. Ask Him to give you boldness to be His follower in school and at home and wherever you go.
3. Think of a concrete way you can shine God’s love in the world this week at school or at home.