The reading for today is Luke 1:57-67.
“When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.
On the eighth day they went to circumcise the child. They were going to name him Zachariah after his father, but his mother said "Absolutely not! He must be named John."
Their friends told her, "None of your relatives have that name. "So, they motioned to the baby's father to see what he wanted to name him. He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, "His name is John." And everyone was amazed. Suddenly, Zachariah could open his mouth, his tongue was set free, and he began to speak and to praise God. Fear came over all their neighbors, and throughout the hill country of Judea all these things were being discussed. Everyone who heard about it kept thinking and asked, "What will this child become?" because it was obvious that the hand of the Lord was with him. Then his father Zachariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied.”
John became known as John the Baptist. He grew a great following around his ministry of forgiveness from sin through baptism. His followers were numerous as they came to the wilderness to be baptized.
Today (June 24th) is the celebration of the birth of John the Baptist nativity of feast day. His birth was marked by his father regaining his voice and John being named John. I don't know if there was more surprise from Zachariah getting his speech back or being named John.
I have known a few preachers that preach around sin and our salvation. The closest I've heard to John was Billy Graham. I have studied Mr. Graham and his life and watched as he brought thousands to salvation. Like John the Baptist, Billy motivated people to follow Jesus.
Heavenly Father be with those that have yet to seek your forgiveness. Show them the way to the light and a life of joy, peace, and happiness.
Bob Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Help the preachers find the right words to bring people to Christ and be baptized with the Holy Spirit.