Which two candles are we lighting tonight and what do they symbolize? Yes, the Prophesy candle symbolizing the hope for Jesus that the prophesies brought and the Bethlehem candle symbolizing our humble obedience in His big plans
Do you remember the last two days’ stories? Yes, Gabriel Zechariah that he and his wife would have a baby, but when he didn’t respond with a spirit of humble obedience, he became mute. Then Gabriel told Mary she’d have baby Jesus. When she trusted God, God blessed her. Let’s read what happened next:
When it was time for Elizabeth’s baby to be born, she gave birth to a son. And when her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had been very merciful to her, everyone rejoiced with her. When the baby was eight days old, they all came for the circumcision ceremony. They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father. But Elizabeth said, “No! His name is John!” “What?” they exclaimed. “There is no one in all your family by that name.” So they used gestures to ask the baby’s father what he wanted to name him. He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s surprise he wrote, “His name is John.” Instantly Zechariah could speak again, and he began praising God. Awe fell upon the whole neighborhood, and the news of what had happened spread throughout the Judean hills. Everyone who heard about it reflected on these events and asked, “What will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was surely upon him in a special way. John 1:57-66
Was Zechariah obedient in naming his son? (yes) What happened when he was obedient? Yes, he could speak again and he began praising God and all his friends and neighbors were filled with awe! When we obey God, we sometimes get to be part of his big plans and experience miracles that fill everyone with awe! What miracles have you seen?