Salvation By God’s Tender Mercy
Zechariah couldn’t believe the angel’s amazing news that his wife,
Elizabeth, would bear a son, known to us as John the Baptist. Because of his unbelief, he was unable to speak until he presented his son to the Lord and named him John, as the angel had instructed him. In that moment, Zechariah experienced God’s tender mercy and indwelling Holy Spirit as his mouth was opened to praise God and proclaim the Savior’s coming.
The angel of God spoke to Zechariah about the birth of his son – and now the Word of God is spoken by Zechariah as he speaks of God’s prophecy fulfilled – both in the birth of John the Baptist, and in the coming birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world. God’s tender mercy brought words to Zechariah’s lips – and brings hope to the world. (Luke 1:67-80)
- Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit (v.67).
Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit. Immediately Zachariah obeyed God, God removed His discipline and healed him of his deafness and dumbness (vv.62, 64). Immediately thereafter, God filled Zachariah with the Holy Spirit. The infilling with God’s Spirit indicated two things.
- Zachariah was forgiven of his sin of unbelief (Lu.1:20-22 & 25). And then he was healed and was forgiven his sin (see vv.64-66).
- Zachariah’ being filled with the Holy Spirit is a picture of what happens to us. We believe and obey God, and then God immediately forgives our sins because of God’s tender mercy, and fills us with His Spirit.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Ac.2:38).
- Now: God has mercy and delivers man through faith for two very specific purposes.
- The first purpose is that man might serve Him without fear. God does not want man to live in fear, but to feel secure and to know the meaning and purpose of his life.
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation” (Is.12:2).
- The second purpose is that man might live righteously and serve God forever
“But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness, but according to his mercy he saved us.
“For made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor.5:21).
- The Messiah was being sent through God’s tender mercy.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (Jn.3:16-17).
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)” (Ep.2:45)