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Open your Bible, then, if you will, to the first chapter of Luke, the first chapter of Luke...no, we're not going back through Luke. Ten years was enough, I won't make you do that again. However, we are going back to a point in Luke and that is in verse 67 down through verse 79, we have the Song of Zachariah...the Song of Zachariah or Zacharias, either will do. And this is a song of salvation. You will remember that Zacharias is a priest. He has been a priest all his life. He's an old man, he and his wife Elizabeth have been barren, they never could have any children. However, an angel came to Zacharias, told him that he would be the father and Elizabeth the mother of a boy and he would be John the Baptist, the great prophet who identifies the arrival of Messiah.

Zacharias then is the point at which the silence of God is broken after 400 years. The Old Testament ended in the book of Malachi with God promising that the Messiah would come. He's identified in Malachi as the son of righteousness who will arise with healing or salvation in his beams. The Old Testament closes then with a promise of Messiah coming with salvation. Also that final very brief chapter at the end of the Old Testament says that a prophet will come before Him, before the Lord, to announce His arrival. Four hundred years have gone by and heaven has been silent and God has been silent and there has been no prophet. And now the silence is broken, an angel comes first to Zacharias and tells him he will have a son who will be the promised prophet who will identify the Messiah. Then the angel Gabriel comes to Mary and announces to her that she will, in fact, be the mother of the Messiah who will be conceived in her by the Holy Spirit Himself....

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