Job applications provide a place to list your qualifications for a particular job opportunity. Luke’s account shows Jesus is uniquely qualified to deliver people from their sins as God promised. Notice Jesus’ two important qualifications this morning.
What a joy to know God not only knows everything, He remembers it, too! Today’s passage celebrates the fact God remembers what He has said and that God keeps His promises. Notice how God keeps His promises to others and how God keeps His promises to groups of people.
Family histories are littered with days of turmoil, tragedy, and tears far more than they are with triumph. As people of faith we trust and hope they are producing a greater result than what is seen today. Today we see God using discouraging events to set the stage for something incredible.
Mark records the arrival ceremony of two great individuals. Far from being filled with pomp and circumstance, their arrival is almost archaic in its nature. Nothing indicates position, popularity, or prominence; yet the arrival of these two persons marks a turning point in history. Mark tells us in the Great Servant has arrived.