57 When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a boy. 58 Her neighbors and relatives celebrated with her because they had heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy. 59 On the eighth day, it came time to circumcise the child. They wanted to name him Zechariah because that was his father’s name. 60 But his mother replied, “No, his name will be John.” 61 They said to her, “None of your relatives have that name.” 62 Then they began gesturing to his father to see what he wanted to call him. 63 After asking for a tablet, he surprised everyone by writing, “His name is John.” 64 At that moment, Zechariah was able to speak again, and he began praising God. 65 All their neighbors were filled with awe, and everyone throughout the Judean highlands talked about what had happened. 66 All who heard about this considered it carefully. They said, “What then will this child be?” Indeed, the Lord’s power was with him. 67 John’s father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, 68 “Bless the Lord God of Israel because he has come to help and has delivered his people. 69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us in his servant David’s house, 70 just as he said through the mouths of his holy prophets long ago. 71 He has brought salvation from our enemies and from the power of all those who hate us. 72 He has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and remembered his holy covenant, 73 the solemn pledge he made to our ancestor Abraham. He has granted 74 that we would be rescued from the power of our enemies so that we could serve him without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness in God’s eyes, for as long as we live. 76 You, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way. 77 You will tell his people how to be saved through the forgiveness of their sins. 78 Because of our God’s deep compassion, the dawn from heaven will break upon us, 79 to give light to those who are sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide us on the path of peace.” 80 The child grew up, becoming strong in character. He was in the wilderness until he began his public ministry to Israel. (Luke 1:57-80, CEB)
Why John? None of your relatives are John. We should ask Zechariah, but wait he can’t talk, ever since he was chosen to go into the holy of holies… But maybe he can tell us. Give him a tablet and let him write the name of his son.
He wrote John. Why John?
And then Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak and prophesied!
What then will this child be?
John will be a herald of Christ! One who proclaims I am not the one, but we need to be prepared for the one. And to be ready to follow where he leads.
Are you ready?
Are you a herald?
Do you make the paths straight for Jesus?
Are you ready to follow where he Leads?
What then will you life be?
Love People. Love God.