The Story Seldom Told
The Story of a Birth
And in that is the entire mystery of the incarnation, Jesus 100% Man and 100% God.
And yet the story of John’s birth is not only a vital part of the story of Jesus’ birth but the story of John’s ministry is a vital part of Jesus’ ministry.
The fact that they had no children would have been a personal tragedy in a society and a culture where children were seen as a blessing from God.
And while most of us think of the birth of Jesus as the beginning of the story, the beginning of the story really goes back to the birth of John.
But to make sure that people understood, Luke the Doctor very clearly states that this couple was a righteous couple who had pleased God.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
As far as we know Zechariah went home, conveyed the message of the angel to Elizabeth.
Our model is Christ. So, let’s stop telling the world how bad their sin is and let’s start sharing how good the Father has always been.
Hundreds of people had heard John speak of the coming Messiah and there was an air of expectancy when John finally pointed to Jesus as the promised Messiah.
And while it comes at the end of the story not the beginning, we discover that doing the right thing often has a price that must be paid.