It Came to Pass: Making the Most Out of Your Season of Preparation


One of the most powerful accounts of Scripture is the revealing of the redemptive plan of God for mankind. This biblical account is what’s known today as the Christmas story.

If you read carefully through the story, you’ll notice a particular phrase stated time and again: “…it came to pass.”

The repeated use of that phrase is a reminder from the Lord that no matter how oppressive your circumstance is, no matter how many mistakes you make, no matter what goes wrong in your life, the promise of God will still come to pass.

The promise of God isn’t dependent on us getting everything right and having all of our T’s crossed and our I’s dotted. It isn’t dependent on somebody else doing everything right or dependent on any circumstance. The promise of God and will of God is going to come to pass.

So, today, I want to share with you part of my study of the “it came to pass” sequence in Luke so you can notice stages through which you must progress in order to arrive at the promise of God being born in your life.

The Story Behind the Story

When we think of the Christmas story, we usually think about the principle characters being Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. The story actually began before Mary ever received her angelic visitation. As we see in the account of Luke, God was working behind the scenes in the lives of others who were to play an important part in the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan.

Let’s look at the first chapter of Luke. It’s there we find the first “it came to pass.”

And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course… (v. 8).

Zacharias was fulfilling his call as priest and going about his day being faithful when the Word says, “It came to pass.” What came to pass? Verse 11 explains:

And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

The first thing that “came to pass” was a supernatural visitation.

If you are faithful to seek the Lord and obey God’s Word, He will reveal His plan for your life. Does that mean you can expect to see angelic beings and hear thunderous voices from heaven? No. In this dispensation, God uses the Holy Spirit to speak to the hearts of His children rather than sending an angelic messenger.

If the Holy Spirit begins to deal with you about God’s divine plan for your life, do not write it off to the pizza you ate last night. Embrace it as a supernatural visitation and take heed to what the Holy Spirit is speaking to your heart. As you do, God will begin taking you on a wonderful journey right into the divine destiny He’s laid out for you.

As we continue reading, we discover that Zacharias unfortunately did not respond well to the angel’s visitation. As a result, we see what came to pass for Zacharias.

But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. … And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.  (Luke 1:13,17–20 KJV)

Here we learn God’s divine purpose for Zacharias’ son, who has been known throughout history as John the Baptist. John’s purpose was to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus, the Messiah. He had a vital role to play in God’s redemptive plan and was to set the stage for the ministry of Jesus to be launched.

This same principle holds true for you as well. In preparation for God’s purpose to come to pass in your life, God will have someone else first prepare the way as a result of his or her own divine purpose being realized.

I want to share with you another important lesson we can learn from Zacharias’ experience, so keep an eye out for an upcoming blog post on the matter.

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About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

One response to “It Came to Pass: Making the Most Out of Your Season of Preparation”

  1. Donna Hammer says :

    This cassette tape series has been monumental in helping us to stay the course on our choice of assignments with the Lord and Elohim. We cannot thank you enough. You have no idea. When my husband returns and we are in our new home, we will invite you and your family to dinner.
    By the way, I would like to purchase another set of this teaching, It Came to Pass. I didn’t see it on the site. Can someone please help me? Thank you.

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