Can you imagine being Zechariah? All of those years, all of those prayers, all of those hopes and dreams, and finally God answers and gives him the son he has been waiting for and longing for and hoping for.
And now, as we stand with Zechariah as he sings this song over his newborn son (Luke 1:67-79), we know the end of the story. We know what lies ahead. We know the pain and the heartbreak that awaits him. Zechariah’s sweet son, the one he sings this song of hope and redemption over, will be a lonely outcast, who lives in the desert, and is eventually beheaded. Can you imagine?
I guess it is a little glimpse into what must’ve gone on in the Father’s heart as he sent his beloved Son to earth. You see, God never asks us to do something that he, himself, is unwilling to do. His heart is so full of love for us that there were no lengths that he would not go to—including sending his beloved Son into this dark and broken world as a newborn baby—in order to show us how fully and deeply and extravagantly we are loved.