“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David” (Luke 1:68-69, ESV).
These are the opening words of the song of Zechariah, which church tradition has called the Benedictus. The Holy Spirit gave this priest words to declare not only the noble role his son John would play in God’s plan, but the greater significance of it—that John’s ministry was to prepare the way for the Messiah. So all praise goes to God, who has sent the promised King and Savior in the line of David, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rejoice in the wonderful gift of God, who has reached down to us with the offer of salvation and life. Christmas celebrates the Christ, the Savior, the Son of God become man for our redemption. Amidst all the darkness and sorrows of this world, light has come—and we may rejoice in what God has done, and what He has promised yet to do.