The Birth of John and the Light
The time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she had a baby boy. Eight days later her relatives and friends came to celebrate and circumcise the child, as was their custom. All the people figured the child’s name would be Zacharias after his father. Elizabeth said the child was to be called John. Naturally, the people were confused and didn’t understand because none of her relatives went by that name. They asked Zacharias what name he wanted for the child. Since he couldn’t speak, Zacharias wrote on a tablet that his name was to be John. Immediately Zacharias regained his voice and was filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to praise God and proclaimed;
And you child, will be called the Prophet of the most High. For you will go on before the Lord to prepare his ways. To give to his people the knowledge of salvation. By the forgiveness of their sins. Because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high shall visit us. To shine upon those who sit in Darkness and the shadow of Death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
– Luke 1:76, 77, 78, 79
Zacharias knew his son was to have a most high purpose on earth. John had been selected by the Heavenly Father to make known his Son.
There came a man sent from God. Whose name was John. He came for a witness that he might bear witness of the light. That all might believe through him. He was not the light but came that he might bear witness of the light which coming into the world, enlightens every man.
– John 1:6, 7, 8, 9
When a person allows Jesus to be the guiding light in their lives, an awareness of sin and the price it extracts is gained. Yet with the power of the Holy Spirit, one is able to walk out of the darkness, which is only ignorance and rebellion against God, and into his love. In this love, one will find wisdom and peace, and the Heavenly Father will instill the light of Jesus into one’s heart so men might be drawn to you, and inquire of your hope. Whereupon, they can be informed that instead of paying a price for the way they lead their life, they can gain a reward. Jesus showed us how to be a proper witness when he said;
“I am the Light of the world, He who follows me shall not walk in the Darkness, but shall have the light of Life.”
– John 8:12