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Re-humanizing A De-humanized Humanity

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Zechariah's prophecy of the restoration of humanity to the Image of God.

Text: Luke 1:76-80
Date: 04/18/2021, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 15

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As Zechariah wraps up his hymn of exaltation and thanksgiving, he turns his attention to the position his newborn son will hold in Redemptive History. Having made reference to both the Davidic and Abrahamic covenants, he now focuses on the culmination of all God's plan of redemption in the New Covenant established by the life, ministry and Crucifixion of Christ. Poetically, Zechariah will beautifully articulate the heart of the Gospel as God brings spiritual Light into the darkness of the souls of humanity. We will consider the profound meaning this has for every person who puts their trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. Not only from the perspective of forgiveness and imputed righteousness-- but as the restoration of the image of God. With Jesus as our perfect model, we will realize that not only did He come to save us, but also to re-humanize a de-humanized humanity!

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 1:76-80.
A. Context
B. When Light pierces the darkness.
1. Zechariah's address to his son, vs. 76-77.
a. The last Old Testament prophet, vs. 76a.
i. A tender address.
ii. A prophet of the most high, Luke 1:17.
• A prophet of "El Elyon", Luke 1:32.
• A focused prophet.
b. The prophetic calling, vs. 76b-77.
i. The angel Gabriel, Luke 1:16-17.
ii. The prophet Malachi, Mal. 4:5-6, Luke 1:14.
iii. The prophet Isaiah, Isa. 40:3.
c. Further elucidation, vs. 77.
i. The knowledge of salvation, Matt. 3:2, 4:17.
ii. The continued relevance of repentance.
2. The tender mercies of redemption, vs. 78-79, John 3:16.
a. A perfect balance, vs. 78a.
i. The poetry of tender mercies.
ii. Perfectly holy, perfectly tender.
b. Post Tenebras Lux, 78b-79.
i. Another phrase from the Reformation.
ii. A familiar biblical theme, Isa. 60:1-3, Matt. 4:16, 1Pet. 2:9, John 1:4-9.
iii. The heavenly visitation, John 3:19-21.
iv. The dayspring.
c. A double metaphor, Rom. 3:10-12, Gen. 15:6.
3. John's early life, vs. 80, Luke 1:15.
III. Interpretation
A. The de-humanizing of humanity, Gen. 1:27.
B. Visualizing the Imago Dei.
C. The restoration of the Image, Col. 1:15, Heb. 1:3.
IV. Application, 1Cor. 15:49.
V. Conclusion

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