In Luke 1: 67-80, we read the song of praise that John's father offers up to God. In verses 76-80 (HCSB) we read: "And child, you will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins. Because of our God's merciful compassion, the Dawn from on high will visit us to shine on those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. The child grew up and became spiritually strong, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel."
John was to go before the Messiah to give people knowledge of salvation. Zachariah realized it was because of God's mercy that we have the opportunity for forgiveness. And, John would point people to the One who could provide this forgiveness.
In this Christmas season, let us all be "Johns" - pointing others to the One who came to shine a light upon our sins and to light the way to salvation. Let the Holy Spirit direct you today with those who you come in contact with. Show them the Light.
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