An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. And Zaharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear gripped him.
So opens the communication, once again between the Creator and His creation!
400 years; that’s a long, long time.
400 years had been how long it had been since God had spoken to mankind. No prophets, no angelic appearances, no visions, no dreams; absolutely no communication whatsoever!
Silence, how does that make sense. Mankind left to himself leads only to degradation; nothing good comes from this type of silence.
“Do not be afraid” were the first words from God in over 400 years. “Do not be afraid”; four words that speak volumes.
-God chose to open is communications once again with one single man.
-God did not allow the urgency of the message to be delivered to override His care for the individual. "Do not be afraid" is not an unimportant detail.
-God chose to speak to an individual who was available; just doing his assigned duties.
-God re-opened communications with the physical presence of an angel to confirm the message.
So, how long has it been since you have heard from Him? The good news is that, at least, it couldn’t have been 400 years. Schedule some time to hear from Him soon! He will show up.