The Voice – Special Christmas Edition

A very thought-provoking piece from bits of bread.

Bits of Bread

John the Baptist

Luke 1:13 “But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.’”

Some have the impression miracles and angels appeared all over the place in Bible days. But no one was more shocked to be visited by an angel than Zechariah. He lived at the end of what has been called the 400 silent years. It had been 400 years since the Lord had even sent his people a prophet. No doubt Zechariah believed in angels, but this sort of thing just didn’t happen anymore. Yet here he was, standing face to face with an angel!

That unexpected messenger had an unexpected announcement. This elderly couple were going to become parents for the first time. And their son would be no ordinary child. “He will be a…

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