The Silence is Broken
For hundreds of years there had not been a word from God through a prophet. Man really was walking in Darkness and the shadow of Death ruled without challenge- Silence and Darkness joined to equal dark despair! But suddenly that Silence was broken in the Holy Place of the Temple as Zechariah, a priest, ministered before the LORD.
“Zechariah, your wife Elizabeth is about to have a baby in yours and her old age,” an angel spoke to him. What?! The silent womb was about to be silent no more but was about to give birth to “the Voice Crying in the Wilderness”! Zechariah’s son John the Baptist would break that silence with his announcing the soon appearing Messiah. How ironic that Zechariah himself spent the next 9 months in silence. His own struggle with doubt meant God said he was to live in silence until he would break out in Testimony upon the birth of his son John (Luke 1:57-80). A song full of faith and trust in the Sovereign God who was giving birth to Hope for His downtrodden People by the birth of John to him and Elizabeth.
Once God broke the Silence, there was no holding back from that point on. Angels were sent to Mary and Joseph and eventually to the shepherds. God was sending His streaming message of salvation through His Son Jesus who is indeed is the WORD-of-God-made-flesh.
John would cry: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
The Father would testify: “This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased”
Pilate would cry: “Behold the Man” – as they took Him away to be “silenced”.
But the Angels would announce, “Come, see where He lay for He is not here but is risen from the dead just as he had said” – Death and the Tomb could not silence the Word-made-Flesh now declared the LORD of Life!
God still cries out to us: “Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” “Come, all of you who are thirsty and I will give you to drink from the streams of the water of life.” “Come let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet they will be made as white as snow.”
God Broke the Silence; now you need to open a Conversation with Him!!
Pastor Stephen Willoughby
Pastor Steve grew up in Columbia,South America, where his parents served as missionaries for 25 years. After graduating from Capital Bible Seminary, he was invited to serve as Assistant Pastor at FBCP. He has served in that capacity for twenty years before taking on the position of Senior Pastor.