Advent 2017 Devotional - Dec. 16

Luke 2:41-52

Zechariah’s joyous words about his news on pointing to the Messiah were more than just fatherly pride.God’s messenger had said John would “turn many people in Israel back to their God…herald God’s arrival in the style and strength of Elijah…kindle devout understanding among hardened skeptics…get the people ready for God.” (Luke1:17,The Message) Now the aged priest sang with hope of “the path of peace” God was opening for all people.

Once, John the Baptist’s followers said Jesus’ crowds were bigger than his. John humbly said, “You can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him’….He must become greater; I must become less.” (John3:28, 30) Zechariah praised the “rising sun”—not his own son, but the coming King his son would go before. Has your ego or desire for praise ever gotten in the way of God’s ability to use you? How can you,using“sober judgment” (Romans 12:3),be more like Zechariah and John?