Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
We've all witnessed proud parents singing the praise of their children, even the newborn ones. It's normal and healthy. We should be pleased with who they are and their achievements, even those like opening their eyes or holding our fingers.
Zechariah is a little different. Is he a proud father? No doubt. But he is focused on how John would direct people to the Christ, who had not yet been born.
The life of the Christian is to be taken up in celebrating Jesus. It doesn't matter so much what we can do. What matters in the end is that Jesus has come to live a perfect life on our behalf and to purchase salvation for every one who believes.
John was a herald of Christ. He lived out his life as a faithful servant of the Gospel, telling all taht they could hear the true Lord and follow Him. The message never gets old. It never disappoints. Jesus is truly Lord of all.
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