Topic: John the Baptist
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. (Luke 1:13-14 KJV)
It has been long time ago since we started the series on Birth and Preparation of Jesus Christ. Now, I’d like to keep discuss on the birth of John the Baptist in Luke 1. As we studied verses 5-12, we see that an angel visited Zacharias to give him surprising news. That message was he and his wife are going to have child.
Now, as we read in verse 13, an angel told him not to fear the great news. Why? God heard his prayer. How many of us think God is taking His time to answer our prayers? He doesn’t. We think God delays our prayers, but, actually, we are taking our time to receive His answers. God is not lazy.
In the next three verses, we read an angel of the Lord explained what this great news was about. First, Zacharias and Elisabeth shall rejoice upon their newborn. In their old ages, God gave them a gift that brings joy into their lives and community, even to worldwide. That gift was Jesus Christ. We have gift that would bring rich to our souls, Jesus Christ. Nearly 2000 years, God brought His Son to the earth to pay our sins at the Cross. If you are born-again, you received the free gift of salvation from God. But that doesn’t mean we are totally set free. There is a price for us to pay. We need to choose what to do with our free gifts. We can produce it by sharing the gospel to other people or keep it to ourselves. We can rejoice when we’d want to share the gospel to him.
The birth of joy begins when we’d accept Jesus Christ as our Savior.