They were both well beyond the years of having children. There really was no hope for them. Just like Abraham and Sarah. In fact, Luke is very intentional about using Zec and Lizzy’s story to show the connection to Abe. Just as the nation of Israel begin with this birth, a new Israel was being born through this wondrous sign.
Now we don’t know for certain how old Zec and Lizzy were. The scripture doesn’t say. Sometimes we say that they were 100 but the scriptures only say Abraham was 100 when Isaac was born. Zec and Lizzy were just well along in years. Can you imagine? Can you imagine starting your family when your supposed to be retiring? Could you imagine being sixty years old with two artificial knees and just now starting to raise kids?
“What was that honey?”
“I didn’t say anything.”
“Better check. Maybe that was Johnny crying.”
“What did I come in here for? Oh, the baby.”
Can you imagine chasing around little Mason or little Melody except you’re forty years older? Then I begin to wonder some other things… Did Elizabeth really breast feed? Maybe that is why John had such a bizarre diet when he was grown.
Here were Zec and Lizzy beginning… again! It was like starting over again. And that is exactly what God was trying to show us. It was a new beginning. It was a fresh start for Israel. With the coming of Jesus it is a fresh start for each of us.