Reflection: Characters of Christmas: Zechariah
Luke begins his Gospel by introducing the godly parents of John the Baptist. Zechariah was a priest with impeccable credentials: a descendant of Moses’ brother, Aaron. He and his wife were “observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly” (v.6). Their obedience was an outward reflection of their hearts of faith. They were models of faithful Jewish piety.
One day while serving in the Temple, God’s angel appeared to Zechariah. While he was praying for a son inside, outside the people were praying, presumably asking God to bring his promised salvation. The angel Gabriel told Zechariah that God had heard his prayer (v.13). But which prayer? The prayer for salvation of God’s people or the prayer for a son? The answer is both. Zechariah’s prayer is a microcosm of the prayers of the people.
But even the righteous waver in faith. Zechariah found it hard to believe the promise of God (v.18).
God has promised us that Jesus will come again and save his people. Although we’ve been waiting a long time, let’s not doubt. Let’s trust that God’s promises, “will come true at their appointed time” (v.20).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the many examples of godly servants that you have given to me, both in the Bible and our daily lives. Help me to follow their example of faithful obedience. And I ask you to fulfil your promise to send Jesus at the appointed time. Amen.