Have you ever wanted something really badly for a really long time, and then suddenly it was promised to you? Was it hard to believe? Or perhaps you received it without any warning. Was it everything you imagined?
Today we will explore the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth, a faithful Jewish couple who wanted a baby more than anything and had not been granted one until our story begins. As we walk with them through their journey of wonder and joy, let us also look at the promises God is making to us this Advent Season.
Sermon Study Questions:
- Elizabeth and Zechariah went against cultural tradition by naming their son John instead of honouring a relative. Are there Christmas traditions that shift focus away from God? What Christmas traditions bring you closer to God?
- Elizabeth and Zechariah’s friends and relatives go from sharing joy (v. 58) to being astonished (v. 63), then being in fear and awe (v. 65). Think of a time when initial joy from receiving what you asked for turned into confusion or fear. How can that joy be restored?
- Has God promised you something? Do you struggle with believing that promise? Read the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah (Luke 1:5-25, 39-80). Who do you identify with? How can this story change the way you look at God’s promise?