Praying the Benedictus 6
Luke 1:72-73 “to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham:”
Zechariah is looking at what is happening in the present and realising that it is a continuation of what God has done in the past. He has shown mercy, literally, ‘God has done mercy’. God has acted in the past and now, the birth of his son and the arrival of the Messiah is the culmination of all that God has done and the promise to the founding father, Abraham. This is not the start of the story but this is the highest point of God’s story so far. But without the past there would be no present.
If we link back our lives to Abraham as Zechariah does and with our relationship with Jesus who God in His mercy sent for us, then we can see:
- We have a promise of friendship with God. “And the scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,’ and he was called God’s friend. James 2:23
- We have an instruction that our lives are for others and to influence many. Matt 28:19“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. Genesis 12:3 and “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” Matt 28:19.
- We will see God do things that are impossible for man. Abraham’s name means ‘father of a multitude’ and he held a promise of Genesis 22:17 “I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.” And yet he and Sarah were old and childless (just like Zechariah and Elizabeth had been!)
This Christmas time let us thank God that in His mercy we get to be part of His story.
Dear Merciful God
Today I am part of your story.
I am your friend. I choose to walk into my today as your friend.
I live for you and I live for others.
What looks hopeless isn’t hopeless to you.
You are my promise keeper.
You do the impossible.