Summary: In this message we will unpack Zechariah's song of thanksgiving. A song that he sang under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit telling us what Christmas is all about.
YES – the king is among us…
I love that song and I love the truth that it proclaims.
A truth that is at the center of Christmas Season.
NOW – for the month of December we are in this series of conversations that we are calling, ‘cTunes,’
Because as we saw last week songs have been a part of Christmas from the very beginning.
YEAH – songs and Christmas just seem to go hand in hand…
I MEAN – can you think of another holiday that has so many songs and so much music that dominates the air waves for such a long period of time?
NOW – this morning we are going to look at another song, by guy who did not write his first song until very late in life…
BUT BEFORE – we go there, I thought we would listen to a medley of popular Christmas songs
AGAIN – songs and Christmas just seemed to go together… and I have no doubt that there will be more on the way…
BUT – to be honest I am starting to become partial to these original Christmas tunes…
LIKE – Mary’s song of praise from last week…
A – cTune that magnifies the Lord proclaiming the good news of…
• God’s Care – B/S God takes takes notice of, pays attention to who you… God is mindful of you.
• God’s Might - Nothing is impossible for Him
• God’s Mercy - He delights in showing us mercy
• God’s Way - He champions the cause of the weak and humble.
• God’s Promises - when it comes to His promises, he keeps them.
NOW TODAY – as we look at yet another original Christmas tune… (this one also is found in Luke 1)
WE WILL - approach our conversation the same way we did last week…
FIRST – a little back story on the writer and then we will unpack the song.
NOW BEFORE – we begin unpacking Luke 1:5-25 we need to look at some words from the prophet Malachi… (because Zechariah’s back story actually begins over 400 years before he was born)
YEAH – I know a lot of you woke up this morning and were wanting to hear a word from Malachi… well hear it is I didn’t want to disappoint you.
UNDERSTAND – our God is a sovereign God. He rules over all times, nations, languages, cultures, races, classes, and genders of people. He is working out everything according to his plan.
What He says will happen has and will always happen. And throughout Scripture we see God predicting and declaring the future in advance through His prophets.
AND - one of those occasions is in the last book of the Old Testament, the Book of Malachi chapters three and four.
AND LISTEN - this word from God in Malachi will be ‘the final word’ that God will speak to His people until we pick up the story in Luke chapter one (400 years later).
SO… - in Malachi 3:1, we see the beginning of Zechariah’s backstory as the sovereign God of the universe says,
Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me.
AGAIN - God is speaking, saying, “I am coming, but before I come into human history a messenger, a preacher, a prophet will come. And he will proclaim and announce my coming.
Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.