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Zechariah's song 23 dec 2012

Sunday Sermon by Jory Leong on 23 Dec 2012

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Zechariah's song 23 dec 2012

  1. 1. 1. Mary’s Song (Magnificat) Luke 1:48-552. Zechariah’s Song (Benedictus) Luke 1:67-803. The Angels’ Song (Gloria in Excelsis) Luke 2:144. Simeon’s Song (Nunc Dimittis) Luke 2:29-32
  2. 2. Luke 1:67-79
  3. 3. Background to Zechariah’s Song• Israel was ruled by pagan Roman empire• Elderly priest Zechariah & his wife, Elizabeth• 20,000 priests - descendants of Aaron• Priests divided into groups to serve in the temple 2 weeks in a year• Angel of God appeared to Zechariah• Angel said Elizabeth will bear a son, to be named John
  4. 4. Background to Zechariah’s Song• Zechariah replied with unbelief - received 9 months of mute training• On 8th day of John’s birth, friends & relatives gathered to circumcise the baby• Elizabeth wanted to name the child ‘John’• Relatives asked Zechariah• Zechariah wrote the name ‘John’ on a tablet• Immediately Zechariah could speak again & begun to praise God with a song
  5. 5. Luke 1:67-79 Jesus the Messiah has arrived1. Horn of Salvation – God’s Salvation2. Rising Sun – God’s Sunrise
  6. 6. “There are 256 names given in theBible for the Lord Jesus Christ, andI suppose this was because He wasinfinitely beyond all that any onename could express.”
  7. 7. 1.Horn of Salvation – God’s Salvationv. 69 “He has raised Horns of the Altarup a horn ofsalvation for us inthe house of hisservant David”
  8. 8. 1.Horn of Salvation – God’s Salvationv. 69 “He has raised Horns of the Altarup a horn of Atonementsalvation for us in (Lev 17:11, Heb 9:22)the house of hisservant David”
  9. 9. 1.Horn of Salvation – God’s Salvationv. 69 “He has raised Horns of the Altarup a horn of Atonementsalvation for us in (Lev 17:11, Heb 9:22)the house of hisservant David” Horns of an Animal Strength & Victory (Psalm 18:2, 92:9-10)
  10. 10. 1.Horn of Salvation – God’s SalvationJesus came to… redeem (Luke 1:68) save (Luke 1:71) rescue (Luke 1:74) forgive (Luke 1:77)
  11. 11. “The missionary canstoop to the lowlycondition of the heathenslaves but he cannot setthem free. He can die withthem in their chains; but hecannot break the fetters.But Jesus not onlyvisited His people, butHe has redeemed them.”
  12. 12. Dec 1987 – Jan 1988
  13. 13. Smokey Mountain - Tondo, Manila
  14. 14. “The missionary canstoop to the lowlycondition of the heathenslaves but he cannot setthem free. He can die withthem in their chains; but hecannot break the fetters.But Jesus not onlyvisited His people, butHe has redeemed them.”
  15. 15. 2.Rising Sun – God’s Sunrisev.78-79 “because of the KJV “dayspring”tender mercy of our God,by which the rising sun MSG “God’s sunrise”will come to us fromheaven to shine on NLT “morning light”those living in darknessand in the shadow of RSV “day shall dawn”death, to guide our feetinto the path of peace”
  16. 16. Jesus is the Rising Sun God’s Sunrise for us!
  17. 17. “Jesus has come, not as a blaze whichwill soon die down, but as a lightwhich will last our day, yea, last forever.… The visits of God are like thedayspring, because they end ourdarkness. The dayspring banishes thenight… When the Lord visits us, it isas the dayspring, because he brings ushope of greater glory yet to come.”
  18. 18. Jesus is the Horn of Salvation... God’s Salvation for us!Jesus is the Rising Sun... God’s Sunrise for us!
  19. 19. “Born that man no more may die Jesus is God’sBorn to raise the sons of earth Salvation for us!Born to give them second birth”Jesus is God’s “Light and life to all He bringsSunrise for us! Risen with healing in His wings”
  20. 20. A time to stop, reflect and waitA time to re-live the Christmas storyA time to welcome Jesus into our livesA time to changeAre our hearts ready?
  21. 21. Jesus is the Horn of Salvation... God’s Salvation for us!Jesus is the Rising Sun... God’s Sunrise for us!

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