Luke 1:76-78 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high

 

Living up to your father's hopes and expectations -

The difference between what we want, and God's will

Nothing to do with sports or taking over the family business, or any of the other things

Zechariah spoke by inspiration of God

will be called the prophet of the Most High

Prophet - speaking the word God gives, may have nothing to do with knowing the future

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways

Prophet - prepare the way - this is also something all Christians are called to do

to give knowledge of salvation to his people

Question - how can you be saved?

Knowledge freely given, not earned

salvation in the forgiveness of their sins,

What is salvation? The forgiveness of sins is salvation,

it enables us to stand before God

holy and righteous, in boldness and confidence, and at peace.

What is sin?

Tresspass - being on the wrong side of the fence

Transgression - rebelling agaist the authority of God

Sin is evil, it earns death

forgiveness, through the tender mercy of our God

forgivness is an act of mercy, it does not extract what is owed, it releases

mercy - undeserved gift

tender mercy - something you might expect from a mother, not from God.

when the day shall dawn upon us from on high

something to look forward to

time unknown, but certainly worth waiting for

Advent is very much a time of near, but not yet

Living up to Our Father's expectations,

God is our father,

He has mercy on us and forgives our sins

He gives us grace to do the things he has called us to do

We too prepare the way, we bring people to Jesus.