v 69. He has sent us a mighty Saviour from the royal line of his servant David,
So we come to another song that has found its way into the prayer books of today where it is called the Benedictus. It has also found its way into modern songs! If you go searching on YouTube, you will find The Three Priests singing it in a cathedral setting.
The extraordinary thing about the whole song is that Zechariah – the father of John the Baptist – sees the whole process of sending a Saviour as already done. He is not simply looking forward with keen expectation, he sings about it in the first part of the song as a ‘Job Done.’
“Praise the Lord, because he has visited and redeemed his people.
He has sent us a mighty Saviour from the royal line of his servant David,
We have been rescued from our enemies
Zechariah was able to grasp the promises of God and regard them as already fulfilled. That is Faith in practice – believing the promises of God before any evidence is visible.
With his own child born so late in life, Zechariah foresees the nature of John’s future ministry. “And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins.
This is a ministry that John later fulfilled as he directed disciples away from himself so that they followed Jesus.