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The Visitation

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for
His people,
And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David His servant—
As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old—
imageSalvation from our enemies,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
To show mercy toward our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant,
The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our
Might serve Him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow
of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.

—Luke 1:68–79

The Song of Zechariah teaches us something very fundamental about salvation.


What is salvation? According to Zechariah, it is something that comes from God, and not from us. The priest blessed God for visiting his people (Luke 1:68). This was something he had experienced personally when the angel appeared to him at the temple. But this visitation was not for him alone. By sending the angel, by giving Elizabeth a baby, and especially by putting his Son in the virgin’s womb, God was visiting his people. He was entering our situation from the outside, because without his intervention, we could never be saved. Salvation is not a human invention, but a divine visitation. It is not something we achieve by going to God, but something God has done by coming to us in Christ. No one is ever saved except by the grace of God.

—Philip Ryken, The Incarnation in the Gospels (P&R Publishing, 2008), 93.

Posted 2013·12·13 by David Kjos
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