Advent: Zechariah and Elizabeth 5

Christmas meant Missional Transformation: Luke 1:76-79 John (Yohanan)’s task is clear: Zechariah tells him, at his birth, that he is to be a prophet who will prepare the way for Someone Else – the Messiah. John’s life is a life for Another: here is a prophet who, simply because he was a prophet, ought to [Read More...]

Advent: Zechariah and Elizabeth 5

Christmas meant Missional Transformation: Luke 1:76-79 John (Yohanan)’s task is clear: Zechariah tells him, at his birth, that he is to be a prophet who will prepare the way for Someone Else – the Messiah. John’s life is a life for Another: here is a prophet who, simply because he was a prophet, ought to [Read More...]

Advent: Zechariah and Elizabeth 4

Christmas meant Liberation Praise: Luke 1:68-75 Like many of his day, no one perhaps more than the pious priests, Zechariah longed for the day when the Roman occupation of the Land of Israel would end. Some scholars today are nervous about overdoing the Roman “occupation” of the Land, but Rome ruled the entire Roman empire [Read More...]

Advent: Zechariah and Elizabeth 3

Christmas meant a New Name for a baby: Luke 1:57-66 The neighbors were thrilled for Elizabeth (they do not mention Zechariah), and they understood her pregnancy and birth as the “great mercy” of the Lord. On the day of circumcision, the name is to be given – and the inevitable, traditional, customary, time-without-end practice of [Read More...]

Advent: Zechariah and Elizabeth 2

Christmas meant Silence and Speech: Luke 1:18-25 Zechariah yearned for the day when God would step in and redeem Israel from its problems. But, when that day was announced, Zechariah, like Abraham (Gen 15:8), asked this question: “How can I be sure of this?” I am reminded also of Sara laughing. Acceptance of what God [Read More...]

Advent: Zechariah and Elizabeth 1

This series is my own preparation for Advent, and it will look at the First Christmas and how various characters encountered the First Christmas. “What was Christmas like for….?” is the question we are asking. We will look at Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary (with Elizabeth again), Joseph, and Simeon/Anna. Each will have five separate posts [Read More...]


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