Advent 2018

Day 11. His name is John

Advent 2018 - Day 11. His name is John
Tuesday 11th December 2018

Luke 1:61-66

61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 All the neighbours were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.

Zechariah has been unable to speak since the day the angel appeared to him, but the time has not been wasted. His enforced silence has given his space to align his thinking with God’s and to grow in faith concerning God’s plan for them. Now we see how in harmony they are with God, and with each other, in that Zechariah also confirms the boy is to be called John. At that moment his tongue is freed and he immediately begins to praise God. A torrent of praise pours forth as his spirit is released and his faith demonstrated. Obedience always brings joy and freedom, which is why it is so important. If you want your life to be blessed by God be obedient and let praise be a way of life for you.

God of Grace, I’m so glad that my unbelief doesn’t have the last word and you enable me to come back to trusting you with my life and future. Bring me again to the place where praise overflows from a heart restored to you and lead me into a new season of fruitfulness even from today.


James. Now to live the life
The book we’re learning from this autumn term is James. Written by James, Jesus’ half-brother, it’s a small letter found in very last pages of the Bible