“And you my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the LORD to prepare the way for him...”
Today's Reading: Luke 1:67-80
Devo Author: Christy Morris
Date: December 17, 2021
In the first chapter of the gospel of Luke, we see the priest Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, receiving news that they will have a son. Upon hearing this, Zechariah displayed doubt; and because of this, he was silenced until the child was born. Once Zechariah was able to speak, being filled by the Holy Spirit, the first thing Zechariah did was proclaim all glory to the Lord.
He spoke about the coming of a Savior who would redeem His people, a Savior who would be the fulfillment of promises from many years past, a Savior who would rescue His people; and Zechariah’s son, John the Baptist, would prepare the way.
I have never been in a big play or production. I have never been in a small play or production either. But I can say that I love sitting in the audience before the curtain goes up, filled with anticipation and eagerness to take in all that the theatre can bring. I can only imagine what it is like to work so unbelievably hard to memorize lines, perfect your singing voice, and practice the dance moves just to have a chance to audition. The excitement, fear, anxiety, and hope actors must feel as they wait to find out if they got the part must be staggering.
Now imagine you are given a role you never signed up for by your father whom you love and respect: a role you never practiced or strived to achieve, a role you were created for but didn’t realize it yet, a role you came to understand was bigger than you and was of such greatness that it was hard to comprehend. Zechariah’s son, John, came into this world with his purpose laid before him. I wonder if at times he felt ill-equipped, scared, or overwhelmed. Did he ever call out to the Lord feeling inadequate to prepare the way for Jesus, our Savior? What a huge role to play! Not the main role, but he is definitely getting the best supporting actor award.
It makes me ponder these questions...
What role am I playing in the story of God’s production?
Am I trying to be the lead?
Am I a supporting actor?
Am I even in the cast?
In verse 76
, Zechariah proclaims, “And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the LORD to prepare the way for him.”
God’s people had been told about the coming of a Savior for many lifetimes. And now the time had come. People were not prepared for the Savior to come in the form of a helpless baby. The Lord knew they would need someone to prepare the way.
In reading this story, the Lord has impressed upon my heart the reality that I am, as His child, a part of His story. And, so are you. How are we preparing the way? Are we telling others the Good News? Are we being people of Good News?
Let’s look to John to model for us. Preparing the way...now that’s a role worth playing.