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Summary: God’s Prophetic play is always on schedule Some periods seem to witness a faster pace of fulfillment Examples of seemingly slow times Israel in Captivity 400 years The 400 years of silence (between OT & NT) o Examples of swift fulfillment The delive

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Burden Lifting Day

Luke 1: 5-17

God’s Prophetic play is always on schedule

Some periods seem to witness a faster pace of fulfillment

Examples of seemingly slow times

Israel in Captivity 400 years

The 400 years of silence (between OT & NT)

Examples of swift fulfillment

The deliverance from Egypt

The Time of the birth of Christ

This present time

The Curtain Opens

Preparation for the birth of Christ

This preparation begins by the announcement of another birth – John

Zacharias & Elisabeth

Zacharias was a priest

Elisabeth of the line of Aaron

I. The Burden in their Lives (v. 7)

a. They had no child

i. Elisabeth was barren

ii. They were both now stricken in years

b. Only a few verses after we meet then, we’re aware of this

i. This must been paramount in their thoughts

ii. Others knew this was their problem

iii. Could not know them long without this being known

c. Good people…. But

d. Perhaps your burden eclipse all of your blessings

i. You have come with it today

ii. What is your burden?

1. Is it a wrong relationship with others?

2. Is it ill health? Money trouble? Home trouble?

3. Is there some besetting sin?

II. Burden-Lifting Day Arrived (vv. 8-11)

a. Today the answer to their prayers would come

b. Today the longing in each of them would be satisfied, the empty place filled

c. Some things to notice about that day

i. It was an ordinary day preceded by an ordinary yesterday

ii. They carried out their ordinary duties

iii. Zacharias went to the temple as usual

iv. It was a day of prayer

d. Burden-Lifting days in the Bible

i. Blind Bartimaeus outside Jericho (Mark 10:46-52)

ii. Crooked Zaccchaeus up the tree (Luke 19:1-10)

iii. The Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-42)

III. When Their Burden was Lifted, the Blessings were far Greater than they had expected (vv. 12-25 & 58-66)

a. They had hoped for a baby

i. One to whom they could show their love

ii. One in whom they could see themselves

iii. One who could keep their memory alive in the neighborhood

b. God gave them a chill still remembered … as they are

i. Multitudes would come to hear him preach

ii. Even wicked Herod was in his congregation

c. The forerunner of Christ

d. The angel’s announcement … the birth (vv. 19-25 & 58-66)

e. The prophecy of Zacharias (Luke 1:67-80)

What is your Burden?

Your area of defeat?

Your Need?

God will meet your Need Today


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Rodney Fry

commented on Dec 15, 2007

Disclaimer Please note that all my sermons come from the Lord. But I get my info from many sources from my library and other sources. I do not claim all material as my originality. I don’t quote all sources but I give credit to the Lord who is the author of all sermons. “All originality and no plagiarism makes for dull preaching" Charles Spurgeon

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