His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
(as he said through his holy prophets of
salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us –
to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath he swore to our father
to rescue us from the hand of our
and to enable us to serve him without fear
in holiness and righteousness before
him all our days.”
What does “redeem” mean?
Why did God come to redeem us?
To __________ mercy to our ancestors;
To _______________ his holy covenant;
To _______________ us from the hand of our enemies; and
To _______________ us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness.
Do you live like you have been redeemed – like you have been rescued and like you have been enabled to serve God without fear? Or, do you live like you are still waiting to be rescued and enabled?
Thank you, Lord God, for coming to redeem us! Thank you that you have redeemed me – that I am now in your hands, bought back, rescued, freed, and able to serve you without fear. Forgive me when I forget and live as if you never came, as if you never purchased me with the blood of Jesus. Forgive me when I act out of fear or wear my old rags instead of the righteousness of Christ. Help me get back on track when I get fuzzy on the mission – to serve you. You redeemed me so that I am able to serve you. I live to serve you, Lord. Use me. Empower me.