“But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children , and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:13-17
Of all the dogmas throughout history that brought the most stigmatizaion, the belief that being barren–unable to produce children, often seen as a curse from God, has been one strongest. This was especially true of the ancient Israelites. Though Zachariahs and Elizabeth were faithful to God (vs 6), on a personally level, they probably felt forsaken by Him because they were childless! God, however, gave them one of the greatest roles in history!
For starters, Zachariahs, who served as an Israeli priest and who had been randomly selected to serve as an attending priest that year-the one who was to go into the holy place to burn incense before God, representing the prayers of the people–recieved the 1st recorded word from God in over 400 years! Though God had remained silent: no prophets, no angels, no written word-He suddenly speaks to Zachariahs, through Gabriel, one of His arch-angels, that he and Elizebeth would have a son, John, who would personally pave the way for His coming Messiah, Jesus! When the TIME WAS RIGHT (vs 20), Messiah would come!
Though Zachariahs questioned the validity of this word, seeing that he and Elizabeth were beyond child-bearing years, God was faithful! Elizabeth became pregnant and had John, better known as John the Baptist, who, 30 years later, not only announced the arrival of Jesus, but actually BAPTIZED Jesus, marking the start of His ministry! John was later martyred for his stand for God and his cousin, Jesus, was the Saviour of the world!
What area of your life seems undoubtedly, so disappointing that success seems impossible? Though Zachariahs and Elizabeth’s situation was disappointing and impossible, God came through for them in a HUGE way! God hasn’t changed-why would He not show up big for you? I’ll answer that-YES-He wants to make the impossible, POSSIBLE for you today! Think about it!