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The birth of John the Baptist

Luke 1:5-25, 57-80

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Luke 1:5-25, 57-80

When Herod was king

of Judea, there was a
Jewish priest named
Zechariah and his wife,
Elizabeth. They had
been unable to have
children and were both
very old.

While Zechariah was in

the sanctuary, an angel
of the Lord appeared to
him, standing by the
incense altar. Zechariah
was overwhelmed with

Dont be afraid,
Zechariah! the angel
said, God has heard
your prayer. Your wife,
Elizabeth, will give you
a son, and you are to
name him John.


My Notes

Your son will be great

in the eyes of the Lord,
the angel announced.
He must never touch
wine or other alcoholic
drinks. He will be filled
with the Holy Spirit,
even before his birth.
He will be a man with
the power of Elijah who
will prepare people for
the coming of the Lord.

How can I be sure this

will happen? asked
Zechariah. Im an old
man, and my wife is
also old.
I am Gabriel and stand
in the very presence of
God, the angel said,
God sent me to bring
you this good news! But
since you didnt believe
what I said, you will be
unable to speak until the
child is born.

The people were waiting

for Zechariah to come
out of the sanctuary and
wondering why he was
taking so long. When he
finally came out out, he
couldnt speak to them.
They realised from his
gestures that he must
have seen a vision.

Soon afterward,
Elizabeth, became
pregnant. How kind the
Lord is! she exclaimed.

Elizabeths gave birth to

a son. After 8 days the
family came for the
circumcision ceremony.
They wanted to name
him Zechariah, after his
father. But Elizabeth
said, No! His name is
What? they exclaimed.
There is no one in your
family by that name.

They used gestures to

ask the babys father
what he wanted to
name him. Zechariah
motioned for a writing
tablet, and to
everyones surprise he
wrote, His name is
John. Instantly
Zechariah could speak
again. He began
praising God and gave
a prophecy about his
son (Luke 1:68-79).


John grew up and

became strong in the
Holy Spirit. He lived in
the wilderness until he
began his public
ministry to prepare the
way for Jesus.



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