What Jesus Did! 'What about this Child?' — Luke 1:65-66

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

And all their neighbors became afraid. In all the hill country of Judea people continued talking about all these things. All the people that heard about these things wondered about them. They thought, "What will this child (John) be?" They said this because the Lord (God) was with this child.
— Luke 1:65-66 NLT
Illustration of Luke 1:65-66 NLT — "What will this child (John) be?"

Key Thought

Speculation about a newborn is nothing new. Parents, family, and friends have looked down on a sleeping newborn and wondered, "What will this child turn out to be?" It was natural that people did this with John. However, they went beyond the normal speculation because they had reason to believe he was special. Conceived in Elizabeth's old age after his dad was on service in the Temple and lost his ability to speak made John special. Add in his surprising name and the return of his father's speech and you have an unforgettable birth. So their wonder and amazement led them to "prophesy": "The hand of the Lord is surely upon him in a special way." God was at work in John to do something spectacular. At the same time, we need to remember that God is at work in each child, from the moment of conception, to do something spectacular. Let's make a commitment to pray and to bless each child that God puts into our circle of influence!

Today's Prayer

O glorious God, you alone are Creator of the universe and giver of life! Please use me to bless your precious children. Work in the hearts of our people so that we can value each child as you do. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 139:13-16
  • Philippians 2:13
  • Genesis 1:26-27


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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