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Zechariah and Elizabeth also played significant roles in God’s plan of salvation. What role does God give to you?

BibleGateway: Luke 1:57-66

ESV Text: Luke 1:57-66

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 6:25 and ends at about 7:38

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     57 Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. 58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. 59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. 60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. 61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. 62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. 63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all. 64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. 65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea. 66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 84 :
Christians, Awake
— Organ Audio

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1. Christians, awake, salute the happy morn 
Whereon the Savior of the world was born. 
Rise to adore the mystery of love 
Which hosts of angels chanted from above; 
With them the joyful tidings first begun 
Of God Incarnate and the Virgin’s Son. 

2. Then to the watchful shepherds it was told, 
Who heard the angelic herald’s voice, “Behold, 
I bring good tidings of a Savior’s birth 
To you and all the nations upon earth; 
This day hath God fulfilled His promised word; 
This day is born a Savior, Christ the Lord.” 

3. He spake; and straightway the celestial choir 
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire; 
The praises of redeeming love they sang, 
And heaven’s whole orb with alleluias rang. 
God’s highest glory was their anthem still, 
Peace upon earth, and unto men good will. 

4. To Bethlehem straight th’ enlightened shepherds ran 
To see the wonder God had wrought for man 
And found, with Joseph and the blessed maid, 
Her Son, the Savior, in a manger laid; 
Then to their flocks, still praising God, return. 
And their glad hearts with holy rapture burn. 

5. Oh, may we keep and ponder in our mind 
God’s wondrous love in saving lost mankind! 
Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss, 
From His poor manger to His bitter cross, 
Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace, 
Till man’s first heavenly state again takes place. 

6.Then may we hope, th’ angelic hosts among, 
To sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song. 
He that was born upon this joyful day 
Around us all His glory shall display. 
Saved by His love, incessant we shall sing 
Eternal praise to heaven’s almighty King.