What Jesus Did! – 'The Spirit and Power of Elijah' – Luke 1:17
[The angel said to Zechariah, “John] will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”
Israel looked forward to the return of Elijah, the prophet who was to precede the Messiah.  Since Elijah didn’t die but went straight to God, the Israelites believed he would return. On his return, he would continue his powerful ministry of preaching God’s truth. His message would unite generations and call the people to life-changing repentance. Why was his coming so important? It was necessary to prepare God’s people for Jesus. The angel told Zechariah that John would be the fulfillment of the prophecy about Elijah’s return.  Shouldn’t we see our lives as having a similar calling, even if it means suffering? Didn’t God put us where we are so that our words and actions prepare others to know Jesus?
 Mark 1:1-4.
Holy and righteous God, my Abba Father, please use my life to prepare the way for Jesus in the lives of those I love and with whom I have influence. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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