Luke 1:68-79 "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us-- 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."
Praise the Lord God for he has come! Zechariah stated that God himself has come. He knew who Jesus was and why he had come:
- to show mercy
- to fulfill his covenant
- to rescue us
- to give us peace
- to pierce the darkness
- to enable us to serve him: without fear, holy and righteous, in his presence
Jesus did everything necessary for us to serve Him. I need to do my part and serve him the correct way, without fear, holy and righteous, in his presence.
Jesus I pray that I will serve you fearlessly without concern for what others think.