This Christmas series is based on a quote by Frederick Buechner about the parable of the Good Samaritan:
Is the point of Jesus’ stories that they point to the truth about you and me and our stories? We are the ones who have been mugged, and we are also the ones who pass by pretending we didn’t notice. Hard as it is to believe, maybe every once in a while we are even the ones who pay an arm and a leg to help.
And perhaps sometimes we are the ones in the Christmas story. That’s what this series is about.
Zechariah is one of the first people we meet in the Christmas story in the book of Luke. To understand Zechariah, you should know some things:
Zechariah was a priest.
He was married to Elizabeth.
They were old.
Elizabeth was barren, so they had no children.
One day the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah with surprising news: they will have a son, whom they will name John (as in John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus).
Have a son in their old age? Zechariah was incredulous. But we can’t blame him. For years they had prayed for a child. They had watched their friends have children, but there was no bun in the oven for them. They grew loose and wrinkly, what happens when years have their way.
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