Luke 1:77

ESV to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,
NIV to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,
NASB To give His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins,
CSB to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.
NLT You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins.
KJV To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,

What does Luke 1:77 mean?

God promised to send a Messiah (Isaiah 9:6–7), following the work of a herald (Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1; 4:6). The Messiah is Jesus Christ (Luke 1:31–33), and His herald is John the Baptist (Luke 1:13–17; 3:2–3). Here, Zechariah (Luke 1:57, 67–68) celebrates the role his son, John, will play in this process (Luke 1:76). John will proclaim the need for repentance (Matthew 3:1–5), while pointing people to the Savior (John 1:19–23). John the Baptist will be very clear about his inferiority to Jesus (John 3:30). His purpose is to tell others to follow Christ (John 1:29–30).

Jesus' first coming to earth will be to establish this means of forgiveness (John 3:16–17). His sacrificial death and resurrection will be the mechanism for those who believe to be rescued from the penalty of sin (2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:8). That corresponds to Old Testament predictions that God would establish a new covenant with His people (Jeremiah 31:31–33), including forgiveness of sin (Jeremiah 31:34). Christ's second coming (Revelation 19:11–15) will finish God's prophetic promise to end all sin and evil (Revelation 21:1–5).
What is the Gospel?
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