What, then, will this child be? Fear came upon the neighbors of Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” The answer would be made clear in God’s time. John would become the greatest prophet of all time. He would become the herald of the Son of God.
We all need an introduction. We all need a cheerleader. John was both herald and cheerleader to the Lord. He introduced Him to his very own disciples. He said to them, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” Follow Him.
Today, we celebrate the nativity of John the Baptist, the last of the great prophets who ushered in the Messiah. We need to learn from him. We need to imitate him. For what he did, we must do. We too must usher in the Lord in our world. We too must be His cheerleaders and heralds.
What a tremendous responsibility Christians have in the world today! If we do not sing of His praises, then who will?
I’m not exaggerating when I say the name of Jesus should come up in our conversations at least once a day. Why not? What’s wrong with that? His name should be as familiar to us (and to our friends) as our children! His name should be at the tip of our tongue. Why not? Why not bring up His name in a cheerful way? Why not even in a boastful way? After all, if His name is used daily in a blasphemous way, then why not in a loving way???
There is always something to give thanks to the Lord for. Let’s not forget the obvious! Everything we are is due to Him. “I praise you Lord, for I am wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
We must give thanks to God at all times and in all places. Have we forgotten that our purpose in life is to serve Jesus Christ? And that a very big part of our joy comes from bearing witness to the Good News? I hope not, for almost everything else about life is simply dust in the wind.