This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our journey of Advent and preaching series entitled “Canticles of Christmas” This third week of the series I preached from Luke 1:67-80 on Zechariah’s song of praise, traditionally known as the Benedictus.
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.” (Luke 1:68)
The Gift of Appropriate Humbling (Luke 1:5-22)
The gift of discipline and silence
The gift of time and reflection
The gift of knowing who we are and knowing who we’re not
The Gift of God’s Redemption in the Coming Messiah (Luke 1:67-75)
The gift of redemption and salvation through David’s line
The gift of mercy and rescue
The gift of serving God without fear and with goodness
The Gift of the Miracle Child Who Prepares the Way (Luke 1:76-80)
The gift of knowing God’s ways
The gift of receiving God’s forgiveness and mercy
The gift of God’s light over death’s darkness
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize all or part of today’s text, Luke 1:67-79.
- Continue with the devotional that accompanies Advent and this series here.
- Draw, ink, or paint Zechariah exclaiming his message or the content of what Zechariah describes in his song in Luke 1:67-79. Take time to talk with God as you depict the scene in your own way. What is God speaking to you through this?
- Listen to a musical rendering of this song, such as: “Benedictus” by Ralph Vaughan Williams as performed by the Choir of St. Michael at the North Gate.