The Great Reversal is a consistent theme in Scripture.
There are examples from the events surrounding the birth of Christ as well.
Jesus was greater than John the Baptist even though John was older and started his ministry first. In a culture where age was important, John’s mysterious but theologically rich and provocatively words were needed to explain his lesser role. Jesus came after John but was before him. He existed before John and outranked him. (John 1:15, 30)
Gabriel’s announcements show Jesus’ superiority.
Zechariah and Elizabeth would become parents in their old age. John would be great before God. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit from birth. He will go before Messiah in the spirit and power of Elijah. (Luke 1:12-15)
The Holy Spirit caused Jesus’ birth. Jesus would be called the Son of the Most High. He will sit on the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over Israel forever. His kingdom will have no end. (Luke 1:30-33)
Jesus is clearly greater.
Zechariah’s Spirit-inspired prophetic words recognized this. Salvation would come from the house of David (Jesus). John would be a prophet of the Most High. (Luke 1:69, 76)
Have you ever had to step aside when others thought you were best but you knew better?
Has anyone ever unexpectedly stepped aside for you?
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