Luke 1:5–15 (ESV)
Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
5 In the
days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and
statutes of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.
8 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, 9 according to
the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right
side of the altar of incense. 12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon 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
call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
Before Luke introduces Jesus, he backs up and introduces the forerunner of the Messiah. He lays out the facts of John the Baptist’s history. Luke sets a timestamp by stating “In
the days of Herod, King of Judea. He introduces a priest named Zechariah and his wife named who are both walk blamelessly before the Lord. Elizabeth however is barren and old, they have no children.
gets the chance of a lifetime by picking the right lot, and he gets to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. As he enters in, he sees an angel of the Lord. Zechariah is troubled by this, but the angel says “Do not be afraid”.
He is told that he and his wife will have a child and his name will be John. John will be great before the Lord, but he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. John will truely be great before the Lord.
We will also later find out that Jesus is John’s cousin. So the author is setting up the most complete Gospel account of Jesus. I pray: Lord, I look forward to journeying through the Life of Jesus Christ through the telling of Luke’s
Gospel. Help me to grow closer to the Lord and to know that Jesus truly is the Son of God. The Savior of the World. Amen.