I love all of Zechariah's prophecy, but this section specifically caught my attention....
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
What an amazing priviledge it was for John to prepare the way for the Messiah, and for Zechariah and Elizabeth to raise their son for that purpose.
We are all called to be John the Baptist! We are all called to preach the gospel, to prepare the way for people to meet Jesus, to spread the news of His coming. John didn't live to see Jesus' death or resurrection, but he is with Him right now in paradise, rejoicing in His Saviour.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Joshua 16-18; Luke 2:1-24