Review & Commentary: Previously, this priest Zachariah was muted by the angel Gabriel until his wife Elizabeth, both of them well advanced in years, gives birth to John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-20, 57-66) … Zachariah, driven by the Spirit, lets fly reviewing the experience of Israel (v. 67) … His visiting, His salvation, His prophets, their enemies, His covenants, His holiness, His righteousness (vv. 68-75) … Zachariah’s newborn son is addressed saying John will be His prophet, will prepare His ways, will impart knowledge of His salvation (vv. 76-77), God is rich in mercy, wanting to be known (v. 78), to guide and help humankind (v. 79) … John grew up (v. 80) … God’s experience with human beings and vice versa are virtually identical in both the New & Old Testaments and up to the present hour … This isn’t terribly surprising; the basic nature of human beings remains constant, as is the constancy of God (Ps. 55:19, 102:27, Mal. 3:6, Heb. 13:8) … Promises made, promises kept … Have a blessed Christmas, one and all.