VIDEO Not By Chance

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. Luke 1:5

The story of the Gospel didn’t start with Mary, Joseph, or Bethlehem. It began with an aged couple in the Judean hills—a priest named Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth. That’s where Luke begins the story of Jesus in the first chapter of his Gospel. We don’t know the exact year of Zacharias’ birth. Perhaps it was 70 B.C. or earlier. But he served quietly and faithfully for decades, not realizing his life was no mere accident on God’s calendar. He and Elizabeth had each been born at the precise time to place them in the historical lineup for the coming of the Messiah. They lived in the days of Herod; and despite their age and humble circumstances the fullness of time had arrived—and they were a part of it.

God’s ultimate providence over our lives places us where He wants us and when He wants us there. Each of us is born at the exact moment in time that God has ordained. Our times are in His hands. We are here on earth for a reason.

Look around, then, and see how God wants to use you!

Indeed, all things come to us not by chance, but by His fatherly hand. The Heidelberg Catechism


Elizabeth and Zechariah

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