Sometimes our December lessons land on Joseph and Mary and we forget there are other characters that are part of the Luke account. Read Luke, chapter 1 to get the full story. We can (and should) teach all the details to both our personal and ministry kids.
One of those characters is Zechariah — father of John the Baptist.
Here are some Zechariah-facts you can discuss with your family.
1. Zechariah was blameless before God. That means he wanted to honor God in all that he did. And they [Zechariah and Elizabeth] were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.
2. Zechariah’s big disappointment in life was that he and his wife, Elizabeth, had no children. Now they were too old to have children. (At least without a miracle.)
3. Zechariah was of the priestly line of Levi. More than 20,000 priests served the temple, but on THIS day, Zechariah was the one chosen to go in and burn the incense.
4. Zechariah was fearful when the angel appeared to him. Gabriel told him that he and his wife would have a baby and Zechariah did not understand how this could happen since they were so old. Gabriel also told him to name the baby John. (But let’s be honest here. Wouldn’t we all have doubted?)
5. Zechariah lost his voice because of his doubt. When he was done with his temple duties he went home.
6. Zechariah asked for a writing tablet after the baby was born and on the tablet, he wrote, “his name is John,”
7. Zechariah immediately gets his voice back and begins to praise God. He remembers all the good things that God did for His people.
8. Zechariah sings a song of praise. (Read it in Luke 1)
9. Zechariah dedicates the end of the song to his son. He tells him that he will have a unique responsibility telling the people about the coming Messiah.
10. The Savior is coming! The Savior is bringing redemption and peace to the people.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to His people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”