Read Luke 1:14-17. TEXT: "And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before Him...." (Luke 1:16-17a).
The news Zechariah has heard from the angel is enough to make his head spin. Not only will he finally become a father, his miracle child will be a great prophet, bringing many of God's people back to Him. But the angel is not finished yet. His son John will "go before the Lord."
The reality behind these words is staggering. The time has finally come. At last God is fulfilling His ancient promise to send the Savior. The mighty, eternal Son of God is coming to His creation. What a wondrous and amazing time to be alive! How much more incredible to think their son, John, is God's hand-chosen prophet to prepare the Jewish people for the Savior's coming. In fact, he will point out the Messiah when He comes?
You and I also live in a remarkable time. In three weeks we will remember and celebrate the wondrous birth of God's own Son. In the upcoming months we will retrace His great works on our behalf-including His suffering, death and resurrection, which restored us to God, our Heavenly Father, and guaranteed eternal life to all who trust in Him.
Christmas transforms you and me. Like John, the Holy Spirit fills us, turning us back to God, and preparing us to share the story of Jesus' salvation with the people in our lives. When we tell others about Jesus, the Spirit prepares their hearts for His coming as well.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for turning my heart back to You through Your Son Jesus. Please send me to share the story of Jesus' life so that Your Spirit may turn others to Him, through me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.