Year of the Bible – Luke 1:1-25

Year of the Bible - Advent Week Two - Luke 1



The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.” – Luke 1:19

Luke 1:1-25 (1:5-25)

A good prelude to the story of Christmas is the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist. In order for God to clearly demonstrate to men that He was intervening in time and history for our salvation, God withheld from Elizabeth the privilege of conceiving and bearing children. Both she and her husband were advanced in years and were childless. This grieved her greatly. While doing pastoral service to God in the temple (Zechariah was a priest), the angel Gabriel revealed to Zechariah that His wife would come to bear a child—a very special child because He would precede the Messiah and prepare Israel to recognize Him. Zechariah was filled with doubt because he looked at the natural limitations of his age and the age of his wife. But because God’s Word had spoken the promise, this wonder came to be according to the Word of God. Our hearts are moved by the joy that was stored in the heart of Elizabeth as she kept this matter silent for five months. She believed that this did not happen through human means alone. Elizabeth revealed herself to be a woman of the light when she said, The Lord has done this for me. (1:25)

Questions – Luke 1:1 – 1:25

  1. What was the “cross” of Zechariah and Elizabeth?      
  2. Why did God permit them to have this cross?
  3. What was different about the way that Zechariah received the promise of God and the way that Elizabeth received it?
Year of the Bible – Advent Week Two | Friday | Luke 1:1-25 – © John W. Fiene