67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,
68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
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From the greatest sermon ever taught at any time, any place in the whole earth for all time.
As phrased by Peterson in the Message:
1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:
I take from this that we apprentices need special training, support and affirmation. Yes, we need all this for what lies ahead of us.
3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
“At the end of your rope!” How many times have I experienced that. What God has taught me when in the midst IS that this is NOT the end of the rope or road. Because God is with me there in every situation I ALWAYS have a next step and as He guides I take it and beauty unfolds. “Beauty” can be deliverance from a horrible or traumatic situation. Read more of this post
…they did this to my Savior!