At the birth of his son John father Zechariah praises God’s good and salutary will towards his people. Although the savior, who was announced by the prophets has not appeared as yet, still this praying priest utters a rock-solid conviction. God has visited his people. He has saved them. Zechariah knows the words of the Old Testament, which speak of the Messiah’s forerunner. He will prepare the way of the Lord. The Holy Spirit instructs Zechariah to recognize his own son John as this final predecessor of the coming Lord Jesus Christ. This recognition gives rise to the assurance: The time has come for the divine Messiah. The rays of the rising star of Judah are igniting the horizon of this world and the praying Zechariah is empowered to witness them in his praises. His words describe the coming Son of God appropriately – they give us a fitting indication and summary of his glorious mission. God himself is visiting his people. He is not going to just go by and grant them only a fleeting visit before disappearing into distant and foreign realms. No, this visit is to be permanent. God will stay with his people and grant them redemption and lasting salvation. All attempts to get rid of this divine presence will fail. Not even the cross will be able to discontinue this godly company that is to accompany his people from now on: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mat 28:20 NIV)
Therefore rejoice in the coming of your Lord. He enters your live with all its sin and misery to set you free and gladden you heart. He offers himself as your savior and redeemer. He does not force himself onto anyone – for he’s no insolent intruder. Rather he comes as sure and able helper in all trouble and hardship. He brings you God’s lasting peace +
Dear Lord: Forgive me, where I have opposed and rejected your entry into my life and world. You bring joy and healing, life and salvation. Let me rejoice in your presence and take control of my heart and life. Amen.
This is a translation of the devotion edited by Günter Wachler and Egfried Brachmann for Monday after the tenth Sunday after Trinity. It is found on Pg. 248 in “Du tröstest mein Herz. Tägliche Hausandachten (You comfort my heart. Daily devotions.) and published by the Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Berlin without a date.