He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth…
Here an angel appears to Zechariah to announce that he and his wife Elizabeth will have a son. He will be great in the sight of the Lord!
This son, John, will not only be a joy to his childless parents, but to the nation of Israel as well.
Israel, like much of the world today, was in a state of oppression. Religion had become empty. Revival was desperately needed.
Through John’s powerful preaching - Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.
Families will be transformed – he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous.
The angel tells Zechariah – And he will go on before the Lord…to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
John will prepare the people for the coming of Jesus!
Today, nearly 2,000 years later, the world is in need of similar revival. A return to wisdom and obedience to God! A restoration of families! Hearts prepared for the final coming of Jesus!
This is what students of Jesus are all about. Becoming more like Jesus! Influencing their world and preparing for the Lord’s return.
John was a source of joy to his generation. And now, like John, students of Jesus can be a source of joy in this troubled time.