"Your prayers have been answered," said the angel. Zechariah and Elizabeth were both very old. At what point do you think they had stopped praying for a child? In their thirties? Forties? Certainly menopause would have made them give up their hope. Well, I would have lost hope by then...maybe long before.
What took so long? We're they unworthy of the answer?
No. The verses above state clearly that Zechariah and Elizabeth both were blameless before the Lord.
I don't know that that could be said of me.
So, why now? Did God forget about them, then make up for it by sending an angel? No. Our God doesn't roll like that. He knew all along.
He was waiting. Patience, my daughter and son. It isn't time yet.
Time for what?
For all things to be ready.
All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him. (Luke 1:65, 66 NIV)
The Lord loves to come through after all things point to the impossibility, and dramatically reveal the miracle!
He puts it all together...
John the Baptist
Mary and Joseph
Caesar on the throne, and the census
The new star, the wise men
The choir of angels