“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.” Luke 1: 76-77
Have you ever had a secret that you were not allowed to tell? Maybe it was a secret about a surprise birthday party, or a special Christmas present for Grandma. What if it was something that your friends or family had been waiting to do for a long time and you were the only one that knew about it? What if all of a sudden you COULDN’T tell them?
Maybe you totally lost your voice or the phone didn’t work, or they weren’t home for you to tell them. Well that is what happened to Zechariah. Israel had been waiting for hundreds of years for the Messiah to come to bring them salvation. Zechariah was going about his business in the temple when all of a sudden an angel appears and tells him that the time of waiting was over! But because of Zechariah’s disbelief, he was made literally speechless! Can you imagine the anxiety in him? Wanting to tell the good news to everyone but he couldn’t.
He could write notes, but how many people can you tell at one time with a note written on a slate? The whole nation of Israel was going to be affected by this news. By the time the baby was born, Zechariah was probably bursting with excitement!
The long awaited Messiah was coming at last! His son was going to prepare the way for the salvation for them all!