Wake up, John

Yes, that is a Halo reference. After finishing up 2 Corinthians today, I wasn’t really sure where to go next. As I looked through my bible, I realized that I had read all but one of the gospels in the new testament. For some reason I have yet to read the book of Luke. The first chapter talks about the birth of John the Baptist, or I should say, the events leading up to him being born. If you haven’t read it yet yourself, I highly recommend it. It has the angel, Gabriel, playing God’s messenger to John’s soon to be parents. Gabriel also visits Mary to tell her about Jesus. Here’s a little fact that I didn’t know until reading this, Jesus and John the Baptist are only a few months apart in age (I always pictured John as an old, crazy looking man for some reason). As I was reading through this chapter, I came to a conversation between the angel Gabriel and Mary where he is telling her about Elizabeth (John’s mom) being pregnant. Luke 1:36-37 NKJV, “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” This is a big deal not only because of her age but also because she was “barren”, she couldn’t have kids. That last verse is what stuck out to me, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” That is a powerful verse. That verse wasn’t said by just anybody either, it was the angel, Gabriel, that said it. I think all too often we tend to forget just how powerful God really is. He can part seas, and move mountains. He can walk on water, and make blind men see. This is the God I serve. A God where nothing will be impossible. I look at the conversation between Zacharias (John’s father) and Gabriel in the beginning of the chapter and can’t help but to feel like he is talking not only about what John the Baptist will grow up to do, but to each of us also. Telling us what we, as true Christians, should be doing now. Luke 1:17 NKJV, “He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Just like John prepared the way for the coming of Jesus Christ, we must now prepare the way for the return of Jesus. It says John will “make ready a people prepared for the Lord,” and now that responsibility falls to us. We must prepare people for the return of the Lord. Whether you believe it or not, Jesus is coming back one day. Maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow, maybe in another 2000 years. But the question is not when is Jesus coming back, the question is will you be ready? The last few verses in this chapter are Zacharias’ Holy Spirit filled words to his new born son, John. Luke 1:76-79 NKJV, “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, To give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” My hope and prayer for this blog is that I may bring someone far from God, closer to Him. That I can give the knowledge of salvation to someone that may not know about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. To give light to those lost in the darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide them to the way of peace.

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