[The angel said to Zechariah,]
"You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at [John's]
birth, for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God.
— Luke 1:14-16 NLT
Babies usually bring great joy with their arrival. Kinfolks and friends are overjoyed for the family. This joy will be true for John, the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth. However, the joy will be multiplied in this case, and not just because his parents are given John as a surprise blessing late in life. He will have a crucial role to play in the coming of God's promised Messiah, Jesus Christ. John will reach many hearts that the religion of the day could not touch. His life from the womb will be one that is dedicated to the Messiah sent by God. John will identify himself by his diet and his habits as one specially consecrated to the work of God. But unlike the ascetics of the desert who withdrew from sinful people, John will speak with the Spirit and fire of God and draw sinful people to his message and prepare them to meet Jesus. With the birth of any child, let's pray that he or she will bring glory to God and bring many others to come to know his Son.
Dear heavenly Father, God of all the universe, please look down on the little babies I know in my family and church family [list several by name] and do mighty things through them. Guard their parents. Nurture them in your truth. Bring the experiences into their lives that will make them most useful to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Judges 13:3-7
- Luke 1:57-66
- Galatians 4:19
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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