Zacharias had just received his ability to speak back from many months of assigned silence. His voice was released directly after he had written that his son would be called John as the angel Gabriel had told him as commanded by God.
He was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesized in the presence of his new born son. This part, where he articulates the calling of his baby boy’s life is compelling:
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:76-79 (NASB)
To find out a truth that you never knew before can send you reeling with despair, shock or overwhelming joy. And when it is the truth that you are forgiven and loved in such a fierce and jealous way by The Almighty God, well, it’s just melts all of who you are into a great goo of humbleness and gratefulness that you just can’t speak.
THIS is the knowledge of salvation that John gets to give His people when he grows up. And remember, this would be BEFORE Jesus was beaten, shamed, mocked, murdered, and left His Holy Spirit to help us remember.
The knowledge of salvation.
We may have read or heard about that truth. But, do we have that knowledge? Do we know what that means, really? And if we do, how do we share it? In example, in words, in thoughts, in prayer, in a touch, in a silent moment, and always in love? Have you ever shared it with somewhere who had never known it before? That would be crazy! How are we preparing the way for others? How are we preparing ourselves?
Do a search at biblegateway.com for salvation. It’s amazing what you can learn. Gain the knowledge of that truth. The Holy Spirit will carry you the rest of the way home.
My friends and I are doing it again this year: Blogging during Lent. I guess crazy sticks together. Love it! More than forty days, with just as many words, and five different perspectives. See what the others have said: