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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Message of John the Baptist (Luke 1)

With three other gospels, why did Luke, also need to write a gospel? First, because God told him to. Second, he wrote it to provide a chronological account for us Gentiles. Third, he wrote it to give us important details not included in the other gospels, such as:

Luke gives more information about John the Baptist than any of the other gospels. In John the Baptist we see the amazing power of God and how his life fulfilled prophecy. But we also see how important human life is to God in the life of John the Baptist.

Gabriel, the same angel who announced the birth of Jesus, announced the birth of John the Baptist and told his father, Zacharias, who John would be:

  • He will be a Nazirite from birth, drinking no wine (1:15)

  • He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb (1:15)

  • He will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord (1:16)

  • He will go as a forerunner in the spirit and power of Elijah (1:17)

If John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit before he was born, what does that say about the importance of the life of the unborn to God? At the very least it says that unborn human life is extremely important to God and something of great value. Note that both Elizabeth's and Mary's pregnancies were unplanned.

Luke 1:41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Incidentally, Elizabeth, John's mother, was barren and way beyond child bearing years when God "opened her womb" showing the amazing power of God.

If God could do this for Elizabeth and fill an unborn baby with His Holy Spirit, think of how He can sustain us through trials and difficult times when we fully trust in Him.

So, God filled John the Baptist with the Holy Spirit before he was born. He filled Elizabeth, his mother, with the Holy Spirit while she was pregnant with John. And he filled Zacharias, John's father, with the Holy Spirit to tell us who John would be:

Luke 1:76-77 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go on BEFORE THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS; [77] to give to His people the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.

Through the Holy Spirit, Zacharias tells us that his son, John, will fulfill the prophecies of Isaiah and Malachi about the messenger who would come to prepare the way of the Lord.

He also tells us that Jesus, who John is preparing the way for, is more than just the Messiah. He is the Most High, the Lord Himself. Who else could possibly provide salvation by the forgiveness of our sins other than the Lord God, the Most High?

As I write this, it's December 23. So I'm left with the application, what am I doing to prepare the way of the Lord? What am I doing to prepare my own heart for His arrival? What am I doing to shine His Light for others to see as Christmas comes upon us?

May you all be filled with the Spirit of the Lord this Christmas, unlike ever before.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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