The first Sunday in advent: the theme is WAITING
I want to talk about what we do while we are waiting. We are asked to wait quite a lot in our lives…we wait for test results, we wait for people to get out of surgery, we wait for the big break, we wait for the promotion, we wait in line for that sale item…and we wait
Let’s first look at Luke 1:5-23
1 – While we are waiting, we are called to do the ordinary
Zechariah was being obedient to what he was called to do. He was called to be a priest and that is what he was doing and doing it right.
God sent Jesus into the ordinary…God picked disciples doing the ordinary…God calls us in the ordinary…it is only by Him that we do the extraordinary
Gabriel had given Zechariah news that was overwhelming. He couldn’t believe it. He didn’t understand it. Think about it, he is older, he has been faithful and obedient…now he is being told he is going to have a son!
He was a good man, a faithful man – but this was so much that he wanted to know how Gabriel knew this was going to happen. Gabriel explained that he had been sent to bring this good news. He also made Zechariah unable to speak because he didn’t believe.
We are called to simply trust Him!
The people are outside while Zechariah is doing his duty and they are praying. They don’t know what is going on. Zechariah finds out his news while in worship. We, too are called to WORSHIP