Silly me. I should have known better than to say I would blog a new chapter each day of the Bible, and then go out of town for 11 days! I hope your Christmas and New Years was wonderful. It was so joyful being with friends and family, and having my little boy to share everything with!
Luke 1 fortells the birth of John the Baptist, born to prepare the way of our Lord. When his father, Zechariah was told by an angel that his wife would conceive, Zechariah doubted. His wife, Elizabeth, was advanced in years and barren. Because of his disbelief, Zechariah was silenced until the birth of John.
While Mary was pregnant, she visited Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. (Luke 1: 41) She immediately knew Mary was carrying the Lord. Mary remained with them for about three months and they rejoiced together. During that time was when Mary wrote her Magnificat:
"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name. And His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hears; He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent empty away. He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever." Luke 1:46-55
After John's birth, Zechariah, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophecies regarding God's mercy and his new baby: "And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." Luke 1: 76-79
And that is just what John did. Growing strong in the spirit, he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance in Israel.
Goodness, all this talk about babies! Here is my precious baby boy. I pray that God has a special purpose for him and will see Roman through to its completion.