Jesus Christ, The Horn of Salvation – Luke 1:68-70
After Zechariah’s son, John the Baptist, was born, Zechariah regained his speech, and was immediately filled with the Holy Spirit.
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old…” (Luke 1:68-70)
But think about this; for nine long months (perhaps longer), Zechariah had been mute, he could not utter a single word.
Perhaps during that time he pondered what the Angel Gabriel had told him; that his son would prepare the way for the coming Messiah.
Perhaps during that time he pondered what Gabriel had told Mary, that she would give birth to the coming Messiah.
Perhaps during that time he looked to the scriptures to understand what God was doing. And perhaps he found his answer in Psalm 132:
There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine.”(Ps 132:17-18)
Luke 1 is the only place in the New Testament where Jesus is referred to as the “Horn of Salvation.” The kind of horn meant here is not a musical instrument, but the deadly weapon of the wild ox. Psalm 92 gives us a picture of what the horn stood for:
“For behold, your enemies, O Lord, for behold, your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered. But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; you have poured over me fresh oil.” (Ps 92:9-10)
The horn is a sign of strength and victory. In Micah 4:13 God says to Jerusalem:
“Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hoofs bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples; and shall devote their gain to the Lord, their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth.” (Micah 4:13)
Pulling all of this together, we begin to see a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, the horn of salvation:
“visiting His people” – Jesus Christ personally came to this earth, visiting His people, coming with a message of life, salvation, and redemption.
“redeemed His people” – Zechariah probably did not understand that in order to redeem His people, the Messiah would have to die. But that’s exactly what Christ did; He took the punishment we deserved, and by that act He redeemed us. (Also notice that Zechariah speaks in the past tense here, it’s already done!)
“raised up a horn of salvation” – At Christ’s first coming, He redeemed us. But at his second coming, the second “visitation,” Christ will come as a strong warrior, the “horn of iron, hoofs of bronze,” and He will destroy the enemies of God (Revelation 19).
But we need not wait until the second coming to experience the victory of Christ, because through the cross, Jesus defeated out enemies.
- Through the cross, Jesus broke the curse of sin in our lives.
- Through the cross, Jesus defeated death.
- Through the cross, we are free to serve Him without fear, in holiness, and righteousness, all the says of our life, and forevermore…
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel who has visited and redeemed his people by raising up a horn of salvation for us . . . that we, being delivered from our enemies, might serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.”
We can change the world, one life at a time…