Summary: This sermon incorporates the story of twin brothers to help us see how Jesus came to die for us.
"Jesus, The One Who Came To Save Us!"
LUKE 1: 5-13, 67-75
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,
 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.  And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
67And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;  The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
We have all had visitors.
Some make us glad when they arrive.
Others make us glad when they leave.
Some visitors come for what they can give.
Others for what they can get.
Some visitors are wonderful.
And others just make you wonder.
Some visitors are welcome.
And others are, well ...!
Let me tell you about one particular visitor.
His name was Martin.
And he had a twin named Morgan.
They looked so much alike
that even their closest friends could not tell them apart.
But looks was the only way they were alike.
They certainly didn’t act alike.
Martin was the obedient son.
He was kind to others.
He was a Christian and had high moral standards.
Morgan, on the other hand, was a different story.
He was disobedient.
He was unkind; he lied; he cheated; he stole.
He was always in trouble.
As Martin and Morgan grew older,
the differences between them also grew.
Martin continued to excel in everything he did.
Morgan, however, got deeper and deeper trouble.
He began to have run-ins with the law.
First it was for minor offenses.
But the older he got the more serious the trouble.
He was in and out of jail as a teenager.
Then as a young adult he committed the ultimate crime.
He killed someone and was found guilty of murder.
He was sentenced to die in the electric chair.
And Martin came to visit him in prison.
In the text for this morning,
Zacharias, father of John the Baptist,
uttered a prophecy about the yet to be born Jesus.
He tells about His visit and the outcome of it.
GOD VISITED US IN JESUS CHRIST:
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
Some people believe in a visit from outer space by aliens.
How many believe we have been?
God has visited us in Jesus Christ.
We think we visit someone when we gab on the phone.
Or when we drop by for a chat.
The Greek word for “visit” has much deeper meaning to it.
To visit means to exercise caring oversight, like a parent keeping an eye on a child at play.
To visit means to come with some charitable and helpful action, like bringing groceries
To visit means helping someone with a task.
Jesus explained visitation when he said
"For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me." Matthew 25:35-36.