And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; Luke 1:69-72
When John the Baptist was finally born, his father Zechariah was allowed by God to finally speak, and declared his son would be named John, because God told him so. Everyone knew John the Baptist was born to be a prophet of God, but everyone was wondering what his mission was going to be. Well his father Zechariah, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied about the coming of the Messiah and the role his son John would play
Zechariah mentions the “Horn of Salvation” has been raised up, this title was also used for God in the Old Testament (Psalm 18:2), this was a reference to Jesus coming as fulfillment of the Messiah. Notice the deity reference of Jesus and Yahweh both being called “Horn of Salvation”, as Zechariah said this was foretold by the prophets, the entire Old Testament is about Jesus!
The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Luke 1:73-77
Next Zechariah reveals who John the Baptist will be, the prophet of God who shall prepare the way for The Lord (Isaiah 40) This is a fulfilment of the prophecy of Isaiah, a messenger to declare the coming of the Messiah, and preach a message of repentance!
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1:78-79
Immanuel, God is with us, (Isaiah 7) also revealing Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8) to expose the sin in the world and lead people to repentance and salvation. Another reference is Jesus is the way of peace or the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) , Amen!