This morning I was reading Zechariah’s prophecy about his son John and was struck with some of his wording. Remember, John the Baptist, as he would be called, was the forerunner to Jesus, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah (40:3-5). John was “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.”
In this preparation for introducing the Messiah to Israel, John was doing more than preparing hearts through repentance. John told his own people that God was going to visit them and rescue them from the slavery of sin by “raising up a horn of salvation…in the house of His servant David” (Luke 1:68-69). Why was the coming of Jesus called “a horn of salvation”? The salvation they would experience was not exactly what they were looking for. Babylonian and Roman domination held the Jew captive for centuries and they were looking for a deliverer who would emancipate them.
Salvation for Israel and the whole world was coming in a form they did not expect. If the prophets had been believed, they would have known that salvation was coming in ‘a child to be born and in a son given’ who would be “Almighty God” (Isaiah 9:6). In Him, God was “raising up a horn of salvation”. That word “horn” means “a power of unusual significance”. Understanding this helps realize why Paul said about the gospel, that “it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
As you reflect on what Jesus brought through His birth, life, death and resurrection, you will appreciate more God’s power in the gospel that proclaims God’s plan and purpose for all who believe.
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