Zechariah was a respected Priest, married to Elizabeth, they became
the parents of John the Baptist, and although Zechariah never shows up
in your Nativity scenes, he is an important figure in the story of Christ’s
birth. So important, in fact, that when Luke writes down the account of
Christ’s life on earth, he begins with Zechariah.
There were a couple of prominent men in the Bible named Zechariah.
One was an Old Testament prophet who prophesied in the days of
Haggai and who wrote the book of Zechariah. This prophet is also
mentioned by Jesus as having been murdered by the rebellious and
disobedient Jews of his day (Matthew 23:35). The other prominent
Zechariah was a priest, the father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:5). The
following account from Luke describes the events leading up to the
miracle of John the Baptist’s birth.
And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour
of incense. And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on
the right side of the altar of incense. And Zechariah was troubled when
he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be
afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife
Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you
will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will
be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink,
and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and
he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts
of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the
just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” Luke 1:10-17, ESV.
God can use us all. Note the lyrics of the Casting Crowns song called
“Nobody”, “I’m just a nobody, Trying to tell everybody, All about
Somebody, Who saved my soul, Ever since You rescued me, You gave
my heart a song to sing”