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

Friday, January 20, 2023

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

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. [1] Also, Elizabeth's pregnancy began right after Zechariah had served in the Temple and had his ability to speak taken away by an angel. [2] Then came the surprising name for the baby — John. [3] And, finally, Zechariah's speech returned upon the baby being named. [3] That's quite an amazing and unforgettable pregnancy and birth. The people's 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 commit to pray for each child and to bless each one that God puts into our circle of influence!

[1] Luke 1:7, 18.
[2] Luke 1:19-20.
[3] Luke 1:13, 59-64.

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 series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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