What Jesus Did! 'The Spirit and Power of Elijah' — Luke 1:17

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

[The angel said to Zechariah, "John] will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly."
— Luke 1:17 NLT
Illustration of Luke 1:17 NLT — "John] will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah.

Key Thought

Israel looked forward to the return of Elijah, the prophet who was to precede the Messiah (Malachi 4:5-6). Since Elijah didn't die but went straight to God, the Israelites believed he would return and continue his powerful ministry in preaching God's truth (prophesying). His message would touch folks in a way that united generations and called people to life-changing repentance. Why? Why was his coming so important? His coming was necessary to prepare the people for Jesus. The angel was telling Zechariah that John would be the fulfilment of the prophecy about Elijah's return. (See also Mark 1:1-4.) Shouldn't we also view THE key reason God has put us where he has placed us as being so that our words and our actions can help prepare others to know Jesus?

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous God, my Abba Father, please use my life to prepare the way for Jesus in the lives of those I love and with whom I have influence. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Peter 3:13-17
  • Mark 13:11
  • Luke 9:23-26


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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