71 salvation from our enemies
 and from the hand of all who hate us--
72 to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:

 Luke 1:71-73 (NIV)
We talk about the reason for  the season being Jesus.  John the  Baptist, Zechariah’s son, would prepare the way for Jesus and Jesus would offer  salvation. Through Zachariah, God gave the reasons for salvation.  Two  of the reasons for this salvation were to free us from our enemies, especially Satan, and to fulfill the covenant God made with Abraham.

 The Bible is full of stories where God protected His people from their enemies. John the Baptist was to  prepare the way for Jesus. God was sending Jesus to offer us protection from our  greatest enemy, Satan. What is the worst the devil can do to us? Kill us? Well,
if we believe that Jesus died on the cross as payment for our sins and we  confess with our mouths our need for a savior and that is Jesus is Lord, we are  protected from death. When we die we enter into our Heavenly reward. Wow, that  really takes the power away from Satan. 
 
Salvation is not only to  save us from the devil. Salvation also fulfills God’s covenant with Abraham. In  Genesis 22: 16-18 God makes a big promise to Abraham. 
16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that  because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only  son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your  descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.  Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their  enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations  on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

 Genesis 22:16-18  (NIV)
Abraham’s descendants are to possess the cities of their enemies  and bless all nations. As co-heirs with Jesus, we are part of this promise as  well. Salvation does not only protect us from our enemies. We triumph over our  enemies and take the land. God also blesses his people enough to bless “all  nations.” Because Abraham did not withhold his son, God gave His Son to fulfill  this covenant.

 There are many aspects to salvation. Zachariah understood this,  but he had a lot of quiet time. We have explored protection from our enemies and  the covenant with Abraham being fulfilled. Jesus is the reason for the season.  Let’s remember to celebrate the reasons God sent  us.

 Tomorrow’s  reading is Luke 1:74-75.

 


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