Luke Chapter 1
Reading through the first chapter of Luke came at a very appropriate time for myself. I recently had my first baby last month. On top of that, I first became an uncle just a couple of months ago. Therefore, my wife, Jamie, was pregnant at the same time her sister, Jennifer, was pregnant. I find myself writing this devotion while we are Facetiming my twin niece and nephew and holding our baby.
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, was pregnant at the same time her cousin, Mary, was pregnant with Jesus. Both John the Baptist and Jesus (clearly) end up playing huge roles in the grand scheme of things. I appreciate that Luke took the time to start both of their stories as newborns! Everybody’s story starts as a wee little baby, even the Savior of the world! I would have loved to have seen and held baby John and Jesus!
When they were babies, they had all the potential in the world. John the Baptist went on to prepare the way for the Christ, and Jesus was the Christ himself! Every little baby that we come into contact with has all the potential in the world, and I hope that we can all realize that.
We will talk more about baby Jesus tomorrow, but these babies were no ordinary babies. John the Baptist was peculiar in that “he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb” (Luke 1:16). Not only was he filled with the Holy Spirit, but his birth was foretold by the angel Gabriel. John’s father, Zechariah, was also made mute until his son was born because of his disbelief. From the very get go, John was a very special baby, and he grew to be a very special man of God.
The babies and young children that we come into contact with may not have had some of the same experiences as John the Baptist or Jesus. However, they still have all the potential in the world. We need to be taking great care of our younglings.
I encourage you to take a minute or two out of your day and pray for all the little fellas and gals in your life and pray that they grow to be marvelous men and women of God!