โ€œ๐—•๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—œ๐˜€๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น, ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐—ฎ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ, ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐˜€โ€ฆโ€ โ€”๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿญ:๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿดโ€“๐Ÿณ๐Ÿญ

Notice two remarkable things from these words of Zechariah in Luke 1.

First, nine months earlier, Zechariah could not believe his wife would have a child. Now, filled with the Holy Spirit, he is so confident of Godโ€™s redeeming work in the coming Messiah that he puts it in the past tense. ๐™๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™›๐™–๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™, ๐™– ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข๐™ž๐™จ๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™–๐™จ ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐™–๐™จ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š. Zechariah has learned to take God at his word and so has a remarkable assurance: โ€œGod has visited and redeemed!โ€

Second, the coming of Jesus the Messiah is a visitation of God to our world: โ€œThe God of Israel has visited and redeemed.โ€ For centuries, the Jewish people had languished under the conviction that God had withdrawn: the spirit of prophecy had ceased, Israel had fallen into the hands of Rome. And all the godly in Israel were awaiting the visitation of God. Luke tells us in 2:25 that the devout Simeon was โ€œlooking for the consolation of Israel.โ€ And in Luke 2:38 the prayerful Anna was โ€œlooking for the redemption of Jerusalem.โ€

These were days of great expectation. Now ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฃโ€”๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™š๐™™, ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™– ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™.

SOURCE: Taken from Good News of Great Joy (Daily Readings for Advent) by John Piper. ยฉ 2013

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