With the start of the New Year comes a sense of fresh starts. In a lot of ways, our passage today shows a picture of what a fresh start looks like. You see the fresh start when you compare today’s passage to the first time we see Zechariah in chapter 1 verses 12-23.
The first thing that stands out from today’s passage is that Zechariah is filled with the Holy Spirit. In verse 14, right after he had been told he would have a son who will be used mightily by God and be filled with the Spirit, he responded, not in the Spirit, but in the flesh, when he doubted God. Contrast as well with his wife Elizabeth who was filled with the Spirit in verse 41.
PRINCIPLE: Having faith and being filled with the Spirit are two sides of the same coin. The Spirit empowers us for faith, and faith allows the Holy Spirit to be at work.
Promise of Redemption (68-75)
Zechariah has obviously been through the ringer over the months of his discipline. Instead of responding in fear, he reminds himself and others of the promise of redemption that God has been working out from the beginning. Fear kept him from having this reaction initially. How has fear kept you from responding in faith in the past?
Part of John the Baptist (76-79)
Zechariah finally understands the role of his son John the Baptist. It seems that he is committing to playing his individual role in raising the instrument God will use to prepare the way for the ministry of Jesus. He now has a willingness to be used for the sake of the gospel and the Kingdom.
My goal in this post is to help us realize that it is very easy for us to react in fear. The goal is to be able to pinpoint these fears, and ask God to help you overcome them. The vision is to be filled with the Spirit to the point that God is what you fear, and all other fears seem inconsequential in comparison.
What is God teaching you through His Word today?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice