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Advent Conspiracy Daily Devotionals - December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018

Luke 1:5-10 (CEV)

When Herod was king of Judea, there was a priest by the name of Zechariah from the priestly group of Abijah. His wife Elizabeth was from the family of Aaron. Both of them were good people and pleased the Lord God by obeying all that he had commanded. But they did not have children. Elizabeth could not have any, and both Zechariah and Elizabeth were already old.

One day Zechariah’s group of priests were on duty, and he was serving God as a priest. According to the custom of the priests, he had been chosen to go into the Lord’s temple that day and to burn incense, 10 while the people stood outside praying.

In Luke’s Gospel, the story of Jesus begins not with Jesus, but with John the Baptist. And the story begins not with John, but with John’s parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth. How many times have we heard of characters of the Bible and their inability to have children? Abram and Sarai come to mind. So does Rebekah, Rachel, Samson’s Mother (not named in the scriptures), Hannah (mother to Samuel), and Michal (first wife of David). At least seven are noted as “not able to conceive.” Elizabeth is among those named as barren. Her husband, Zechariah is a Priest, from the tribe of priests, and they are both good, honorable people. As we will see over and over in the story of Jesus, about the time people give up hope, God begins to do amazing things.

In this season of Advent, you may be about ready to give up hope of escaping from despair, whatever you are despairing of. Like Zechariah and Elizabeth, staying faithful and living the honorable life of obedience, we don’t give up hope, even when things look hopeless. Good news is coming! John is coming to announce that good news.