Sign Language

by Dec 11, 2019Christmas, Christmas 2019, Devotional

Have you ever lost your voice? Maybe you lost your voice after scream-singing at a Dave Matthews Band concert. Maybe you got so sick it was too painful to speak. If something like that has ever happened to you, you may have noticed it’s difficult to communicate without a voice. Difficult, but not impossible.

Before the birth of his son, Zechariah lost his voice. It wasn’t the flu or a concert, but an angel named Gabriel that took his ability to speak. Gabriel visited Zechariah to tell him his wife, Elizabeth, would become pregnant. Both Zechariah and Elizabeth believed they were past the age of having a child, so this came as a bit of a shock. As you might imagine, Zechariah had trouble believing Gabriel. And because of his disbelief, Gabriel told Zechariah that he would be unable to speak until the birth of his son.

The punishment for Zechariah’s disbelief seems a bit extreme, doesn’t it? But what if it wasn’t punishment, but a lesson? What if God was teaching Zechariah about the purpose of his son’s life. Think about this:

Zechariah couldn’t use words. He could only point. His son John wasn’t the Word. But his life would point to the Word. He would, “make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:17) John’s life would be a form of sign language, constantly pointing to Jesus.

As Christians, our lives can be sign language that points the world to Jesus. Any time we choose kindness over carelessness, community over isolation, and love over apathy, we open up space for others to ask, “Why are you doing this?” To which we may joyfully exclaim, “Christmas!”

Read Luke 1:18-23

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