“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light” ~ Isaiah 9:2

Psalm 126Isaiah 61:1-11I Thessalonians 5:16-24John 1:6-28

This week’s “Apocalypse Song” comes from the Luke 1:68-79, it is the Song of Zechariah, also known as the Benedictus. It is the song sung by Zechariah when God returned to him the power of speech. It is the prophecy that he declares over his baby son who would become John the Baptist.

Slide1“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
    for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a mighty savior for us
    in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
    that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
    and has remembered his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,
    to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands 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
    by the forgiveness of their sins.
By the tender mercy of our God,
    the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Zechariah and Elizabeth both knew that God’s plans for their child far surpassed theirs. They entrusted him to the care of God and he became the one who “prepared the way” for the Messiah, John’s cousin, Jesus of Nazareth. It reminds us that to properly grasp the most important event in history the ground of our hearts must be tilled more deeply. 

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come
among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins,
let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver
us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and
the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.