...The rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in the darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.
Luke 1:78-79 (NIV)
Zechariah and his wife were grey-haired, wrinkled, dried out, half-mummified humans. They weren’t about to have a baby, and certainly not some super prophet from God.
When Zechariah asked for proof of this impossible thing, the angel Gabriel gave him nine months of silence.
During those months of listening, Zechariah comes to realize that God slowly teaches us to believe the impossible so that we can believe even greater, more impossible things are coming.
When Zechariah can speak again, he says something that even the angel didn’t say: This boy, John, is proof that the savior of the whole world is coming. Someone better than you can imagine. He will be like the sunrise to a terrified midnight village. He will be the light that sends the shadow of death packing.
He will bring us peace. He will bring us peace!
What could be more impossible, more beautiful, more hoped-for than that?
What promises or commands of God seem impossible to you? Write out a list. Come up with an order of impossibility, from most impossible to least impossible.
Do you feel “worthy” of God’s love? Or does it trouble you to hear that you are favored, that he loves you, and that he wants you involved in his plans?
Take this time to lift these concerns up to him in prayer...
A wonderful quote about peace by theologian Frederick Beuchner. This is worth some time and quiet reflection, and a great quote to share on social media!
Matt Mikalatos | Portland, OR
Matt is on staff with Cru. He is also the author of several books including Into the Fray and My Imaginary Jesus.
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