Friday 25th January, 2019
Theme: God’s Salvation Made Known
Passage: Luke 1:69-80
MEMORY VERSE: Luke1:77 “to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins.”
HYMN: MHB 59 –- GOOD thou art, and good thou dost
Salvation is deliverance and preservation from destruction as a result of the commission of sin; it is deliverance from all curses and infirmities. To man, salvation is only known in the physical realm not until Christ came to demonstrate what salvation really means by His death and resurrection.
God’s salvation to man is neither hasty nor an afterthought but a well- thought out eternal plan revealed to the world after hundreds of years of prophesies by the prophets of old. Details of the conception, birth and naming of the child Jesus again indicate that He was destined for a significant career in the service of God (Lk2:8-35).
The hymn attributed to the Spirit-filled Zechariah in Luke (1:67-79) is a song of praise to God like the song of Mary in Luke 1:46-56. The subject of both songs is great day for Israel that comes with Jesus. The songs focus on God’s redemption of His people. His coming to the world announced by angels to the shepherds watching over their sheep in the night also testifies to the Gentiles through a bright star which appeared in the sky exactly on the house where the Child laid.
These records are made known to you in particular not to neglect so great a salvation (Heb.2:3). Jesus Christ is the salvation of the world that no right-thinking person should neglect.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, Your coming into the world is to bring salvation to the world. Don’t allow my life in this sinful world to work against my making heaven at last. Amen.
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