My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec. 12th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon at TAB YouTube. You can also find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List and other resources at our Church Website.
- After the birth of John the Baptist.
- Zechariah was mute, but now is able to speak
- His first words were a praise to God for that He has done. v. 67
- Then he prophesies about the forerunner and the Savior
- His words point to the greatness of God’s grace and mercy
Empowered by God… He brings forth praise and prophecy
- Filled with the Holy Spirit – v. 67
- Empowered by God
God has provided THE redeemer – vv. 68-73
God has visited – v. 68a
- God came to man
- It was personal to him
God has redeemed His people- v. 68b
- Delivered them
- Made Them His own
God has raised up a victor – v. 69-71
- Knew John and Jesus we the promise of the Messiah
- horn of salvation. Conquering King
- Psalm 132:17 – There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. (ESV)
God has been faithful – vv. 72 – 73
- Promised to our fathers
- The fulfilment of His promises
- God did what He said He would do.
- God’s plan was always His plan.
- From Gen. 12 till now.
God has established a NEW relationship – vv. 74-75
Delivered from our enemies
- Restored and renewed (Gen 1)
- Personal and New
SO THAT… might serve without fear
- Worship and Service
- In holiness and righteousness
- Because of the righteousness of Christ. (Veil torn)
- Before Him
- Worship due to our relationship.
- For all days
God has ushered in a NEW day – vv. 76-79
- John the Baptist is ushering in a NEW DAY. (New Covenant)
- He is the forerunner of the Messiah
- Malachi 3:1 – “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. (ESV)
- Malachi 4:5 – “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. (ESV)
This new Day brings with it:
- THE ALREADY AND NOT YET – FUTURE GLORY IS NOW, YET NOT FULLY
- Isaiah 60:1-3 –  Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.  For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.  And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (ESV)
- v. 77 – the knowledge of salvation in the forgiveness of sins.
- Spirit will come to convict and point to Jesus.
- Provide true forgiveness.
- v. 78 – Because of God’s tender mercies.
- v. 79 – given a new light
- To give light to those in darkness.
- The darkness of the Old. The light of the New.
- To Guide one’s feet in peace
- Peace with God
- Peace with others
- Provide the hope and direction of a new WAY of life.
Luke 1:67-79 –  And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,  “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people  and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David,  as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,  that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us;  to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant,  the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us  that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,  to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins  because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high  to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (ESV)