Praying the Benedictus 2
Luke1:68 ““Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people.” (NASB)
Out of the overflow of Zechariah’s heart flows a Holy Spirit inspired understanding of Jesus.
He has visited us! Mary the teenage relative carrying in her womb the Messiah had left them. He has visited us! The reaction from his son, John, in Elizabeth’s womb had been a Holy Spirit explosion! He has visited us! Seeing ahead, Zechariah realises that this was not a child that had come, this was God who had not only visited but had come to redeem His people. When Jesus would begin his public ministry nearly 30 years later it would become very clear to those impacted by that visit. In Luke 7:16 (after the son of widow of Nain was raised to life) “Fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited His people!”
John would describe the visit as the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (1:14). Moses built a tent for God to dwell in (it was called a tent of dwelling) but when Jesus visited He was the tent.
John goes on to say, “… we saw His glory …”
The glory is the visible presence of God.
Moses saw the glory and so did Isaiah. Isaiah was a man disappointed, feeling a failure over the king’s demise and disillusionment had set in. John (12:41) says a visitor came and it was the glory of Jesus. The glory of Jesus rescued and recommissioned that prophet.
John in exile and receiving his Revelation at a time of tremendous persecution sees the glory of Jesus in a vision (15:8) and the heavenly temple is filled with a cloud of glory.
What am I saying?
The visitor was indeed the glory of God, Jesus, the visible presence of God. He came to pay the price for the buying back of our lives to God.
Here is your solution:
- To those disappointed because they have lost their purpose for life. To those feeling a failure because they have not been able to do what they wanted to achieve. To those who are without vision and hope. To those slandered and abused. To those inside and outside the Church. To those in the pew and behind the pulpit … He has visited us!
- The one thing you need to focus on is the glory, the visible presence of God in your life. You need the visitor. You need His dwelling. You need Jesus shining through again. Welcome the visitor again. Put away your goals and welcome the glory. Turn your attention from strategy and welcome the Saviour. Your victory is in the visitor.
Dear Lord and God of my life
You visited us and you will visit again.
Between those visits you promised to live in me.
I am called to be the visible presence of God in my world.
I need you.
I need your glory in me.
Come to this sinner, this disillusioned child of yours and rescue me again and again.
Re-appoint me, envision me and shine through my life.
This is all I need.