But the angel told him: Don't be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayers. Your wife Elizabeth will have a son, and you must name him John. His birth will make you very happy, and many people will be glad. Your son will be a great servant of the Lord. He must never drink wine or beer, and the power of the Holy Spirit will be with him from the time he is born. John will lead many people in Israel to turn back to the Lord their God. He will go ahead of the Lord with the same power and spirit that Elijah had. And because of John, parents will be more thoughtful of their children. And people who now disobey God will begin to think as they ought to. That is how John will get people ready for the Lord.
Luke 1: 13 - 17
When Jesus came as the Son of Mary, God prepared the way for His arrival by sending John the Baptist. The purpose and calling of John’s life was decided before he was born. It was his mission to prepare people for the coming of Jesus!
The saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ today also prepares men and women for the return of Jesus! Jesus will come whether or not you are ready for Him! For those who are ready, it will be the greatest day of their life! If you are not ready for His return, the sound of the trumpet will usher you into an Eternity of Suffering!
If you are now living your life in disobedience to God, you must begin to think as you ought to before it is too late! Humble yourself before the Mighty Hand of God! God did not create you to be firewood for Hell! Repent and be ready for Jesus to return!
“Lord Jesus, help me today to think as I should about everything, and turn my heart once again toward You. May You, Jesus be praised forever. Amen.”