by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Luke 1:76-79

"And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the
Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord
to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation
unto his people by the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the days-
pring from on high hath visited us, To give light to
them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace."

Here we have the wonderful revelation of the heart of
God---the meaning of Bethlehem---God's inner feelings
toward mankind that He really cares for every human
being in the world. He cares for you and me.

Let us analyze these words from Him in which we find
ourselves truly looking into the very heart of God.
Verse 76, "And you, child shall be called the prophet
of THE MOST HIGH." Here John's father Zacharias,
filled with the Holy Spirit, foretells his child (only
8 days old) will be God's mouth, to speak God's
thoughts, in words, to Israel, "Which He spake through
the mouth of His holy prophets." (Luke 1:70). The
inspired prophets spoke God's very words to the
people. We have them now in the Bible.


John was Christ's forerunner whose work it was to
prepare the people spiritually for the coming of
Christ, the MESSIAH---SAVIOUR into the world.

In Isaiah 40:3 is a prophecy that this baby would be
God's voice who would cry out in the desert to the
multitudes to prepare the ROAD of the Lord and make
straight a HIGHWAY for God to come to them in Christ
who would arrive bearing blessings from heaven.

Matthew wrote about John more that 500 years later,
"This is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah."
Here we have the comforting truth that John the
Baptist was sent by Yahweh, the Most High, The
Almighty God, to make known to the people God's
thoughts toward them and His plans of blessings for
them which is the meaning ...

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