[Luke 1:66, BSB] “66 And all who heard this wondered in their hearts and asked, “What then will this child become?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.”
- Everything that came about like Elizabeth, who was barren, got pregnant, Zechariah being mute, and the words of praise that were said got the people wondering: what was God going to do with their child (John the baptist)?
[Luke 1:67, BSB] “67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:”
- The word “prophesied” means that the words that came forth are coming from another source other than the person. A person can only prophesy if they have the Holy Spirit, which it is He who speaks through the person.
[Luke 1:68, BSB] 68 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and redeemed His people.”
- Zechariah, inspired by the Spirit of God, exclaimed that God has indeed visited His people to save them. God appeared to them through Christ, who was going to be not only their sacrificial lamb to atone for their sins but also the rest of the world.
Jesus is the only one who paid for the sins of the world on the cross. No one can make it into heaven without placing one’s faith in Jesus Christ and asking Him for forgiveness.
[Luke 1:69, BSB] “69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David,”
- The word “horn” means power and when put with the word “salvation” suggests that through the power of God alone, seen in Jesus’ death and resurrection, can salvation, atoning for the sins of the whole world, from the first man created, to the last one can be made possible.
[Luke 1:70, BSB] “70 as He spoke through His holy prophets, those of ages past,”
- The prophets of old prophesied concerning the Messiah that through Him, the message of salvation would come to Israel first and then to the gentiles. One of the biggest prophesies told in the Old Testament can be seen in Isaiah 53. It talks about how the Christ/Messiah would suffer for the sins of the world, and by His wounds (scourging and His death for us), we can find healing, that is salvation (by believing in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior).
All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.