6 A man came, one sent from God, and his name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
John the Baptist was born to point the way of many to the soon coming Messiah. An angel was sent from God to John’s father, Zechariah, to tell him, he and his wife would have a son, soon. Zechariah, doubt God’s promise, so made him mute, until his son was born and named, by his wife. The experience of him, not being able to talk, left him with the experience to teach his son, to be bold in leading others to the soon coming of Messiah. Unlike many who are part-time fisher of men, John’s purpose in life was witnessing too many as possible the true Light of God, would be in flesh soon. He didn’t even seek to become a full-time priest that received income from the church, like his father. Unlike others, he only depended on God and was led by His spirit. John the Baptist lived in the wilderness preaching repentance for the river Jordon and baptizing any ready for a rebirth.
Luke 1:12 Zechariah was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice over his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit ]while still in his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 And it is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers back to their children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
John the Baptist is not any different than you or me, we are made and born to serve the Lord, and if we are willing to do God’s will as much, John was, the Holy Spirit will help. When I write my Bible-teaching blogs, I feel like I am writing the gospel according to Samuel. Odd as it may seem, I only write what God has done for me and quoting Biblical scripture that the bondservants of God wrote. I name my website 1 Samuel 1:20 because it is the Bible verse where Hannah praises God for the blessings of her son, for which she desperately asks for in prayer to God. Holding her newborn son, she names him Samuel, which in Hebrew means God hears prayers.
John the Baptist’s parents heard God’s voice, and they told him about God. John listened and listened to the voice of God. The voice of God told John, go witness about the Light and tell, to prepare for the kingdom of heaven. The voice of God tells me Samuel goes to testify the kingdom of God is coming. The same voice of God is telling you, brothers, and sisters, go preach to others, repent and seek the kingdom of God. If you love Him, the light shining in you will help many be ready when the Messiah comes again. God bless you all; the Lord loves you, and so do I. Samuel.
Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My other on all; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. 29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.