"He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.” -Luke 1: 17
Four hundred years passed between the last writings of the Old Testament to the beginning of the New Testament. Can you imagine that four hundred years of longing, waiting for the Lord to speak again, to fulfill all His promises.
Then he speaks again, finally after all those years, to an old priest named Zechariah.
Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth had longed for a child, and finally, well along in their years, they are told they will have one. And not just any child, but one who will prepare the way for the Messiah!
John the Baptist is coming to prepare the way for the One. Emmanuel. God with us, even after four hundred years of seemingly God without us.
God is on the move, miracles are starting to happen. God shows up and shows us that nothing is impossible with Him.
On an unrelated, but still related note, I remembered this song today and listened to it for the first time in years! It brings back good memories of Christmas' past, record players and Christmas tree lit nights. And a sigh of peace...