67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,
68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
Have you ever waited for something? Have you ever sat in your chair, waiting for something to come to fruition? A flight to board, a proposal for marriage, a job offer, or a long expected call from a friend? Unless your superhuman power is patience, most of us get a little weary from the waiting game.
Now with that impatience in mind, let’s turn to the song above. Israel was under domination for years. They experienced empire after empire, new king after new king as they waited. They waited under the rule of foreign leaders. Just imagine being promised liberation for years and it never comes to fruition. Revolutions failed and freedom fighters lost their battles, and you were still in your occupied homeland. Then finally, at just the right time, a prophet was born. This above song came from Zechariah, a priest who fathered John the Baptizer. John would be the one who would go before the Messiah, he would prepare the way “to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins.” John would prepare the way for the one who would give light to those sitting in darkness and guide those to the way of peace.
Read over those verses again, waiting for the long expected Messiah. Waiting for your issues to be resolved. Bring those things to God. Bring those frustrations to him. Light a candle and pray to him, bringing those longings to God in an open and honest way.
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
What have you been waiting for?