Today’s Scripture reads:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of the holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us…” -Luke 1:68-71
Zechariah, who had previously doubted that his wife could give him a child, now proclaims that the God of Israel is visiting and redeeming his people. Zechariah had learned that this infant was not just the Messiah, but the Lord God of Israel made flesh and bone. The Jewish people had thought that God abandoned them. Israel as a nation was no more, the prophecies were not coming to pass, and Rome was lording over them.
People were eagerly anticipating a action from the Lord, but for centuries none came and the people were starting to feel as if God would not act on their behalf any more. Little did they expect that God was coming to visit them as a lowly son of a Carpenter. Christ would prove to be the consolation of Israel who would not only redeem Israel, but the entirety of mankind. God was not simply going to liberate his people from Rome, but rather liberate the souls of man from the bondage of sin. God was going to act in history and engage a new covenant that would begin the process or reclaiming and redeeming the world, bringing the entirety of creation back to him.