Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 6th, 2017
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.”
Luke 1:13 (NKJV)
You Shall Call His Name John
When the time came for the Lord’s plan of salvation to happen, an angel was sent to a man who loved and served the Lord. The angel told him that he and his wife would have a son named John. This child would go before the Saviour to prepare the way. The Lord also wants to use us to bring the message of salvation to our world.
Of the 36 fathers of confederation that helped form our nation, six were named John. That includes Jean-Charles Chapais from Quebec. The most famous, of course, is John A. Macdonald, who is known as the father of our country. There were two fathers of confederation named John that had the same middle and last name as the other – John Hamilton Gray from Prince Edward Island and John Hamilton Gray from New Brunswick. The name John remains popular to this day.
Long before the birth of the Messiah, Jesus, God has planned for His arrival on earth. Part of that plan was that there would be one who would be the forerunner of the Messiah, the one who would prepare the way for the Lord. It would turn out that one of the parents of that forerunner was an old priest name Zacharias, and we read about this in Luke 1:13: “But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.” Now in Jewish life, the name matters, and later in the story we read that the rest of Zacharias’ family strongly suggested the child be named after his father. This would mean he would follow in the line of priests and would serve the Lord in the Temple. But the Lord had other plans for John. He would never be a priest, but a prophet, preparing the way for the coming of Jesus. God has a plan for your life as well. Your role is to figure out what it is and obey.
These have been words from the heart.