“That we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us”
— Luke 1:71
As a child growing up, I would always wanted to be the hero that comes in to save the day. I don’t think I ever thought of myself as the one that needed to be rescued. Even though I sometimes would have nightmares of being pursued by an enemy, I was usually trying to save myself.
I find it interesting that there was a time that God revealed to me that I could not save myself and that I was lost and needed a Savior. Entering the Christmas season always seems to bring with it the anticipation that we will celebrate our Savior’s birth.
In reading the account that Luke gives us of the birth of John the Baptist, there’s the depiction of us being in the need of saving. This is a concept that should bring about a grateful heart. The children of Israel were always looking for the Messiah that would come to their rescue. When did you realize you needed to be rescued?
John’s father was enlightened to the fact that God’s promises were being fulfilled, in Luke 1:67-71
“Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: ’Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began, That we should be saved from our enemies And from the hand of all who hate us,'”
Anticipation is the key to recognizing the promises of God, we should be found waiting while we work. When we are working out our salvation with anticipation, we are sensitive to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit.
I pray that as we enter this season of celebration we won’t forget the rest of His promises, the joy and peace He offers as we remember the promises in verses 77-79,
To give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “There is no mystery in heaven or earth so great as this – a suffering Deity, an almighty Savior nailed to a Cross.” – Assorted Authors
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”