67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
68 "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."
80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.
Verse 68 says Jesus came to redeem his people.In John1:14 it says Jesus made a dwelling among us.The thought behind these words are someone tabernacling with us or pitching a tent in our midst.
Jesus could have passed us in a cloud and revealed himself and thrown a line to fish those he wanted. But he chose to be born on earth, amidst poverty, temptations, problems, disappointments. Jesus spent 33 years on this earth, from manger to the grave. It was not long by earthly standards, but life depends not on the hours you put in but what you put into the hours.
He revealed the character of God in the same sort of sur-roundings where your character and mine is developed. The only dif-ference between us and him is that he displayed total dependence on God at all times. He lived among us and showed us how to live - by liv-ing.
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