The phrases from this hymn invoke these biblical photos of John the Baptist because the “voice of 1 crying out within the wilderness” referred to as to “put together the way in which of the Lord” (Mark 1:3, NRSV). In quoting from Isaiah 40:3 with its reference to the exiled Israelites’ journey house from Babylon, the gospel author portrays John as one who is known as to herald a brand new “exodus” with the approaching of the dominion of heaven. Additional, drawing upon Malachi 3:1, the opening traces of Mark’s Gospel introduce us to John because the Lord’s messenger.
As a result of John warned individuals of God’s impending judgment (Luke 3:7-9) and introduced the approaching of the promised Messiah (Luke 3:15-17), he’s additionally known as the final “Outdated Testomony prophet.” Within the Gospels based on Matthew, Mark, and John, we first meet John within the wilderness proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. However, it’s only in Luke’s Gospel that we be taught of the circumstances surrounding his beginning.
John’s beginning is foretold by the use of an angelic revelation (1:8-17) to the aged priest, Zechariah, whose spouse, Elizabeth, was barren and past child-bearing age (1:7). At the moment, barrenness was thought to be a supply of disgrace; therefore, Elizabeth’s being pregnant demonstrates God’s favor towards her and the means by which God took away her shame (1:25). And John’s beginning is an indication of God’s mercy and energy to those that belief within the Lord’s guarantees (Luke 1.58, 80).
The nativity of John is paying homage to the Outdated Testomony accounts of Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7), Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 25:21), and Elkanah and Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-2, 9-18). Simply as Sarah was past the age of kid bearing, so, too, was Elizabeth; and like Isaac [and Rebekah] and Hannah [and Elkanah], Zechariah and Elizabeth had prayed for a kid (Luke 1:13).
Luke’s account of the annunciation and beginning of John testify to the sudden and shocking methods by which God’s redemptive plan unfolds. The angel prophesied that Zechariah and Elizabeth’s little one would “go forward” and “get individuals prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17, CEV) and that their little one can be an incredible servant full of the ability of the Holy Spirit. The angel Gabriel’s announcement to Zechariah ends with Zechariah being struck mute as a result of he didn’t consider the angel’s phrases. However eight days after John’s beginning, Zechariah’s silence is miraculously damaged when he obediently writes down the kid’s identify and, full of the Holy Spirit, praises God and speaks a prophecy about his new child son (Luke 1:76-79).
Whereas John could also be “the final Outdated Testomony prophet,” he’s additionally a forerunner of what can be new – saying that “the dominion of heaven will quickly be right here” (Matthew 3:2, CEV) and that yet another highly effective than he can be coming to baptize with “the Holy Spirit and with hearth” (Luke 3:16).
The nativity of John the Baptist reminds us that “nothing is unimaginable for God” (Luke 1:37, CEV). The despair of an aged couple gave option to hope, and people who wait upon the Lord are in a position, like Elizabeth, to exclaim with pleasure “what the Lord has performed” (Luke 1:24, CEV).
On Jordan’s banks the Baptist’s cry
Broadcasts that the Lord is nigh.
(Charles Coffin, 1676 – 1749)