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This Week's Sermon
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2nd December 2018
Luke 1: 5-20
Expect The Unexpected
Breaking The Silence
1. ROLE: Priesthood Of All Believers, v.5
Luke details Zechariah’s and Elizabeth’s ancestry
Jacob → Lev → Gershon
& Kohath → Amran → Aaron & Moses
1Chronicles 24 details subdivisions of priests
Priests would carry out sacrifices
Jesus is final sacrifice
1Peter 2:5, 9
2. REPUTATION: Godliness In Godlessness, v.5-7
Elizabeth and Zechariah described same as Noah, Abraham, Job, etc
Known for keeping law
Childlessness was not a reflection of their lives
Living in difficult times –
King Herod was a tyrant
Spiritual leaders corrupt
God has been silent
We too must keep reflecting the Light of Jesus in a world full of darkness
3. RITUAL: Keep On Keeping On, v.8-11
Priestly duties over two non-consecutive weeks of the year and special occasions
Lots drawn to choose priest for each day’s task
Lot fell to Zechariah
While Zechariah is carrying on with ritual and routine, God’s messenger appears!
Out of the ordinary, God does the extraordinary
Don’t devalue the ordinary in our lives but see it as opportunity for God to do something great!
4. REALISATION: Expect The Unexpected, v.12-20
Zechariah doesn’t believe the angel
Symptomatic of society at the time
But Zechariah knew bible stories of old
- Abraham & Sarah; Jacob & Rachel; Hannah; etc
If God had moved powerfully in their lives with miracle babies – why not in his life?
John the Baptist would stir up the people’s expectation of God
Make people ready for the Messiah, for salvation, for Jesus!