The Life and Teachings of JesusThe Birth of John III
Topic: John the Baptist
If you are married to your wife or husband and have a child, do you know what is this child going to be in future? Have you wonder what your child want to be when she/he would finish high school or college? As we are living in the twentieth-first century, we have seen kids would make good or poor choices in their lives. Some of them would decide to go to the right path where God would like them to be. Or some of them would decide to go to the right path where Satan would like them to be. But their decisions of living are depending on their living with parents. It is the beginning point of their lives.
As we conclude this part of series, we will look at the question: What then is this child going to be?
Let’s read Luke 1:62-66:
“Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone's astonishment he wrote, ‘His name is John.’ Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God. The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, ‘What then is this child going to be?’ For the Lord's hand was with him.”
In this passage and previous message, we see that many people wondered what’s the child’s name going to be. In Luke 1:60, Elizabeth answered them his name is to be called John. But the people refused that name (v. 61), because they did not see anybody whom carried this name among the family.
Now it’s Zechariah turn to finalize the child’s name. Since he cannot talk to everybody, due to his rebellion against the angel of Lord (see Luke 1:5-25), he wrote that “his name is John” on a writing tablet (1:62-63).
Why he called that name on his child? Zechariah had no choice rather than to follow the angel’s message. If he would call different name of his child, he wouldn’t be talking. As soon as he announced his child to be called John, his mouth was opened and began to talk (v. 64). “The neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things.” (v. 65.)
But everyone were wondered what the child would be (v. 66). Since Zechariah and Elizabeth believed the power hand of God, they would answer them this child would be the massager that would announce the people to repent and ready for the coming of the Messiah.
As we look at John the Baptist and his parents, what are our actions to be? In Matthew 3 and Luke 3, we see that John the Baptist followed the instructions of the Lord that an angel announced to his parents (Luke 1). Do you rely on God with your child’s future? God told Jeremiah that He recognized him as a prophet before he came out from his mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5).
What is your example to pass onto your child? It is your responsible to give example to your child that is God’s way or worldly way to life. If we are not married, it is our responsible to set example godly way to live to the other believers. Paul said, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in faith and in purity.” (I Timothy 4:12.)
Are you saved? Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this ministry is to share with you how much God loves you and me and wants to come in our own life to take us through any obstacles in our daily life. As Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14:1-3.)
If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul says, "That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10.) If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occultisms in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
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