From my reading in Luke 1:57-80 in the One Year New Testament.
John the Baptist had dramatic events that surrounded his birth and people wondered,
“What will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was surely upon him in a special way.” Luke 1:66
Zechariah had been muted during before John’s birth was then filled with the Spirit and gave a powerful prophecy about John the Baptist’s role.
John Was A Prophet of God
“And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High” Luke 1:76
After a drought of God speaking to his people through prophets John the Baptist would speak for God.
John Prepared The Way For Jesus
“because you will prepare the way for the Lord.” Luke 1:76
John’s task was to prepare the people for the coming of Christ. How did he do that?
John Preached Forgiveness of Sins
“You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins.” Luke 1:77
John baptized people who were willing to repent of their sins. This act of faith would prepare people to receive the message of forgiveness found in Christ.
John’s work was to prepare people’s hearts for Jesus who ultimately would save them and give us peace. Zechariah concluded with this epic prophesy about Jesus.
“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” Luke 1:78–79
No matter how dark our lives are Jesus is the light.
He offers us hope, peace, and eternal life with him forever.
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