HORN OF SALVATION
has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his
servant David" (Luke 1:69, NIV).
memorable song at the birth of his son, John the Baptist,
he portrays Jesus as "a horn of salvation." The
figure of the horn is frequently used in the Old Testament
to denote great strength (see Psalm 18:2; 132:17). The symbolism
is derived from those animals whose horn is the source of
their strength and power. In prophetic language, the horn
is also a symbol of political and national power (see Daniel
8:3-6; Zechariah 1:18).
of salvation is an appropriate designation of Jesus as the
all-powerful Saviour. He is the strong horn of salvation,
the matchless Saviour who came to bring redemption and freedom
to the human race. Fully confident of Christ's saving power,
Zechariah sang, "The God of Israel,... has raised up
a horn of salvation for us" (Luke 1:68, 69, NIV). The
horn metaphor is also used as a sign of exaltation as well
as the strength (see 1 Samuel 2:10). The exaltation of Christ
as the horn of salvation is best expressed in Paul's masterpiece
of Christ's ultimate exaltation: "Therefore God also
has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above
every name" (Philippians 2:9, NKJV).
horns were fixed to the altar to provide protection and security
for those threatened by danger to their lives. Anyone who
was pursued by an enemy could cling to the horns of the altar
and be protected from harm. This act gave immunity for the
one in danger (see 1 Kings 2:28). As the horn of our salvation,
Jesus provides full protection to those who seek Him. As the
horn of salvation, Christ has all strength and power to save,
protect, and keep us from falling (see Jude 24). As in the
case of Nathanael who prayed for the coming Messiah, God has
visited His people and raised up a horn of salvation for them.
(see Lift Him Up, p. 81.) Let us thank God for the
mighty power and protection we have in Christ, the horn of
Prayer Today: O God, thank You for raising up the
horn of salvation. I cling to Him today for security. Amen.