The Foretelling and Birth of John the Baptist

08/18/2018

Journey Through The Bible: The foretelling and birth of John the Baptist

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:13-15 "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 call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord...And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God...to make ready for the Lord a people prepared." #1097

Introduction: Last week we began our journey through the Bible with the Genealogy of Jesus Christ. Matthew 1:1-17 #1035, Luke 3:23-38 #1102. Today we will be looking at the foretelling and birth of John the Baptist. Luke 1:1-25, 39-45, 57-80 #1097-1098. Next week we will see the foretelling and birth of Jesus Christ. Luke 1:26-56, 2 #1098, Matthew 1:18-2 #1035. As we look at the foretelling of John, we get to see the Lord working in his parents and the community around him. We will see that we must believe the message of the Lord and be prepared for His appearing.

Proposition: We are called to be a people prepared for the Lord.

T.S.: The Lord sent His angel Gabriel to tell the good news to Zechariah and Elizabeth.

I. We are called to believe the message of the Lord.

-Luke 1:1-25 #1097

-God uses every opportunity in our life for us to listen to Him. V. 1-12

-God's message is a message of hope for all who believe and turn to Him. V. 13-17

-We must not doubt the message of the Lord. V. 18-25

II. We are called to listen to the message of the Lord.

-Luke 1:39-45 #1098

-We must listen to the Lord in the many ways He presents Himself. V. 39-41

-see Romans 1:18-23 #1204

-We ought to leap for joy at the message of the Lord.

III. We are called to proclaim the message of the Lord.

-Luke 1:57-80 #1099

-Oh, what is in a name! God is gracious and has shown favor.

-We ought to proclaim that God has shown us favor.

-God is the light the darkness cannot overcome.

Let us be prepared to listen, believe and proclaim the good news and prepare others for eternal glory.