What Jesus Did! 'What Will This Child Be?' — Luke 1:65-66

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Awe fell upon the whole neighborhood, and the news of what had happened [about baby John] spread throughout the Judean hills. Everyone who heard about it reflected on these events and asked, "What will this child turn out to be?" For the hand of the Lord was surely upon him in a special way.
— Luke 1:65-66 NLT
Illustration of Luke 1:65-66 NLT — "What will this child turn out to 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 had this question about John. However, they went beyond the normal speculation because they had reason to believe he was special. John was special because he was conceived in Elizabeth's old age and after his father was serving in the Temple and had his ability to speak taken away when he doubted the angel's revelation. Add in the surprises that the baby was named John and that his father's speech returned, and you have an unforgettable birth. So their wonder and amazement came from recognizing that "the hand of the Lord was surely upon [John] in a special way." God was at work in John to do something spectacular. Just as with John, 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 for 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 will value each child as you do. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

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

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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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