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June 24 – To Give Knowledge Of Salvation

Introduction:  Grace be to you and peace, from God our Father, and from our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.  Our text is the last part of the Gospel Lesson just read, Luke 1:68-79; which is also known as the Benedictus, or the Song of Zechariah.  We begin with prayer.

 

Dear fellow disciples of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ:

 

  • It seems a bit odd to devote a Sunday morning to the commemoration and celebration of a “saint,” even though John was an important prophet, the forerunner of the Lord Jesus Christ.  However, one of the things that we should learn is that each and every one of us who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are very important to God – cherished and loved by God, and important to the will of God, that of “GIVING KNOWLEDGE OF HIS SALVATION” to others.
  • According to this proclamation of Zechariah, John’s father  – inspired by the Holy Spirit of God, John was brought into the world “TO GIVE KNOWLEDGE OF SALVATION” to God’s people, to the whole world.  This is the principle purpose and life task of every prophet of God, also of all the apostles and evangelists, and also of every pastor and servant of God’s Word.  It is a noble and beautiful task and life’s purpose – although it is not considered to be very important, influential, or purposeful by many people in the world today, and even some Christians consider it a rather mundane calling.   
  • The reality is that it is also the chief life purpose and task of every single Christian, even those whose “vocation” or “occupation” is something else.  We have no higher purpose than to do all we can to promote the knowledge of God’s salvation throughout the world.  This work alone has eternal value and purpose, and so it is cherished by God! 

 

I.  John’s Task Was To Proclaim The Mercy Of God, His Gracious Gift Of Salvation

 

          A.  To Proclaim That God Has Visited And Redeemed His People

 

Text:  “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us, in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old. . . . To show the mercy promised to our fathers . “

 

          B.  This Redemption And Salvation Is In His Forgiveness

 

Text:  “To give knowledge of salvation to His people in the forgiveness of their sins, in the tender mercy of our God.”

 

Statement:

  •  There is no greater comfort, peace, and blessedness than we have in “THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS SALVATION.”  It assures us of His mercy, His grace, His love, and His forgiveness of all our sins.  To be “redeemed” means to be “bought back,” and in the case of the Lord Jesus Christ, He has bought us back from sin’s condemnation, from death, and hell.  The knowledge of God’s salvation assures us that our sins, all of them, have been forgiven, for “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sins.”

 

Application:

  • This was the blessed task given to John the Baptist – proclaiming the same message as God “spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old – to show the mercy promised to our fathers.”  There simply is no greater privilege or more important task, in the eyes of God, than to “GIVE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS SALVATION” to all people everywhere.  So this also is the principle task and privilege of His servants, the servants of His Word today.  And insofar as each of us has been granted blessedness through faith in Jesus Christ, we are as Peter described us:

 

1 Pet. 2:9,10  “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

 

  • So we too, each of us that has come to know and believe God’s love for us in Christ Jesus, has been given this same blessed task and privilege of “proclaiming the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light.”  So in celebrating this day of honoring John the Baptist, we are reminded of how blessed and how important each of us is to God our Heavenly Father!


Transition:  And there is great blessedness and purpose in regard to our being and our lives, for:


II.  John The Baptist Was Appointed To Bring The Light Of God’s Love And Salvation Into The World, So That People Might Be Blessed To Serve Him

 

Text:  “That we being delivered from the hand of our enemies might serve Him.”

 

           A.    We Are Blessed To Serve Him Without Fear

 

Text:  “That we might serve Him without fear.”

 

          B.    We Are Blessed To Serve Him In Righteousness And Holiness

 

                    Text:  “That we might serve Him without fear,  in holiness and  righteousness before Him all our days.”

 

         C.   We Are Blessed To Live Our Lives In The Way Of Peace

 

                    Text:  “to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow  of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

 

Statement:

 

  • This is our blessedness as well, to live decent lives of righteousness and holiness – not sinlessness – and to serve God, without fear, and with God’s peace and joy in our hearts!  We do so only in “THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS SALVATION, living in His redemption, His mercy, His forgiveness, His gracious love and salvation! 

 

Application:

 

  • And as we do so, as we live in righteousness and holiness in the way of peace, by our very living we proclaim His glory and bring the light of His salvation into the darkness of this world.  So by living and also by our proclamation of God’s salvation to others, we join in the mission of John the Baptist and all the prophets, apostles, and servants of God’s Word throughout the world! 

 

Conclusion:

  • So as we commemorate the blessed birth and ministry of John the Baptist we remember two important things:

            1.     The blessings of God’s salvation made known to us through the Word of God, brought to us by prophets, John, the apostles, and all servants of God’s Word, and:

           2.    The blessings of also being among those who bring the light of God’s love and salvation into the world we live in today, both by how we live in God’s peace and by our own proclamation of the excellencies of God.

 

  • So we too are privileged to be among those who bring “THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S SALVATION” into the world – to the blessedness of all people, and to the glory of God our Savior!  May He grant us great joy and peace in this blessed privilege He bestows upon us!  Amen.

 

Votum:  And the peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds in the true faith, which is in Christ Jesus, even unto life everlasting, Amen.