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Message of the Day: The Coming of Jesus Is Sunrise To Those Who Are In The Dark!

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
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
…” (Luke 1:76-78, NKJV)

Zacharias predicts the dignity, the task, and the success of his son, John the Baptist. He declares what would be the subject of his preaching, and what his success. He will be “the prophet of the Most High.” That is, the prophet “appointed by God” to declare his will, and to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah so that the people would have the knowledge of the “way” of salvation.

This salvation is to be obtained through the “remission of sin.” It means that the salvation about to be offered was that which was connected with the pardon of sin. There can be no other. God cannot treat people as his friends unless they come to him by repentance and obtain forgiveness. When that is obtained, which he is always disposed to grant, they can be treated with kindness and mercy.

“Dayspring” or “sunrise” is a reference to the coming of the Messiah. Zacharias not only praised his own son, John the Baptist, “the prophet of the Most High” but also gave honor to the coming Messiah. The light of the gospel shines forth from heaven. God is its author and through his mercy it shines upon people.

Through the mercies of God, sunrise has come to give light to us who are in darkness and in the shadow of death!

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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