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 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Zechariah was speaking to his newly born son who would become John the Baptist, but Zechariah is also speaking to us. Understanding our sin and the need for forgiveness brings us to the knowledge of salvation. This implies that we are not able to change ourselves and need to help from outside. In other words, when we realize that we are more flawed than we want to admit, but more loved than we could dream, we are positioned to experience the salvation of God in Jesus Christ.

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