Advent 2018 - Day 10. He is to be called John
Monday 10th December 2018
57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. 59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”
As Mary returns to Nazareth the focus of the story now moves back to Zechariah and Elizabeth. The birth of the child brings great joy to this elderly couple and their friends as well. The assumption is that he will be named after his father, but Elizabeth, keen to be obedient to the instructions of the angel, is adamant his name shall be John (1:13). How easy it is to allow peer pressure or popular opinion to push us off course when it comes to obeying God. Like Elizabeth we need the strength of conviction to be able to say ‘No’ sometimes. If not we can find ourselves compromising on important principles. We do not say ‘No’ to be awkward, but in order to say ‘Yes’ to God. Don’t be afraid to swim against the tide. The majority are not always right.
Thank you, Father, that I can share the joy you give within a community, and thank you too for your ‘hand-made’ purposes as they work out in my life. Today I want to share the hope and joy you’ve given me with others but also to say ‘Yes’ to you even if others don’t yet understand it.