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#26 The First Sign of Messiah’s Coming

Jesus’ forerunner was his cousin John, known as the Baptist because he brought the symbol of cleansing from Mikveh to baptism.

Born to Mary’s aunt, Elizabeth, and the priest Zacharias, his birth was considered miraculous. While not as old as Abraham and Sarah, they were well past childbearing years.

Zacharias was serving his week as priest in Jerusalem and is in the temple when Gabriel appears to him. He has the usual fear response even though the angel says he has come with great news–Zacharias is going to be a father!

Zach’s response is not like Mary’s even though he knows the story of Abraham well. So he asks for a sign, and he is made mute until the baby is born.

He comes out of the temple, face shining, but can’t speak to the people. This helps to heighten the news that like Abraham and Sarah, Zacharias and Elizabeth, though aged, are going to have a son who will fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy to prepare the nation for their Messiah.

So God did give the first sign of The Messiah to the priests — the leaders of Israel. And in such a way to attract attention and send the message: God’s power is not limited except by your lack of faith. What we can’t do will be done by God in every willing believer.*

Luke 1:5-23   *Ephesians 3:20

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