We returned to our “Beginnings” series this weekend at Eastbrook Church after a one-week pause with one of our good friends from the Middle East, Brother Victor. This series takes us through the first two chapters of Luke’s Gospel and sets the stage for Jesus’ public appearing and ministry. This message, “Prophet,” looks at Luke 1:57-80 and builds upon the first message of the series, “Promise,” by looking at the birth and calling of John the Baptist.
Also, let me invite you to join in with the weekday reading plan for this series here.
“But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.’” (Luke 1:13)
The Miraculous Name of the Prophet (Luke 1:57-63)
They were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” (Luke 1:59-60)
The Infectious Joy Surrounding the Prophet (Luke 1:64-66)
All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. (Luke 1:65)
Fulfilled Promises and the Prophet (Luke 1:67-75)
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
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 long ago),
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 Abraham. (Luke 1:68-73)
The Coming Messiah and the Prophet (Luke 1:76-80)
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. (Luke 1:76)