PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 1:67-75
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“To serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.” (Luke 1:74-75)
What does Zechariah mean by serving God without fear?
For Zechariah that fear would include the response of the Romans.
But I can think of other kinds of fears that get in the way for me.
Fear of what it might cost, fear of rejection, fear of being wrong?
To be holy is to be devoted (set apart) for God.
To be righteous is to be and to do what is right, in God’s eyes.
Sin has set us apart from God, and we have been twisted away from what is right.
All my days I struggle to live a holy, right kind of life before God.
But the birth of John anticipates the birth of Jesus, and Jesus changes everything.
Jesus represents God’s grace, stepping in to help us, to save us, to restore us.
Jesus removes the fear of failure and judgment by taking it on himself for us.
In Jesus there is no condemnation, for the penalty and power of sin are broken.
I still struggle to live before God devoted to doing the right thing.
But thanks to Jesus, I can humbly serve God without fear, because I know I belong to him!
Lord, help me to silence Satan’s lies who is always trying to suck me back into fear. Remind me through these words that NOTHING can separate me from your love.