SUNDAY 18 December, 2016
What Child is this?
Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea. And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of the Lord was with him. - >Luke 1:65-66
Imagine, all the people who lived around Zacharias and Elizabeth were in awe of what was happening. They began to discuss the miraculous events surrounding the birth of this new born child––John. At first Zacharias was mute and the people perceived he had seen a vison in the temple. Then Elizabeth in her old age conceived and gave birth to a son! Now, after the child was given the unexpected name of John, by his father, Zacharias began to speak. As the people discussed these unusual events, news began to spread throughout all the hill country of Judea.
What did these extraordinary happenings mean? Clearly the people were aware that God was doing something even though they could not understand the full picture of His plan. So, for the time being, they kept what was spoken in their hearts. They were left with a probing question in their minds, “What kind of child will this be?”
Imagine, among all those people in the hill region of Judea, who had heard what had transpired, was there any who could truly perceive what had happened, according to the Scriptures, concerning John and his ministry in relation to Christ?
Notice, it is the same today. How many people will not understand the spiritual significance of Christmas? Instead they will enjoy a commercialized holiday. But perhaps family members will ask you about the babe in the manger, saying “What Child is this?” Will you be able to answer them, “Christ our Savior” and tell them the Christmas story?
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior,
Who is Christ the Lord.
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