And you, my child, will be called a
prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to
prepare the way for him,
to give his people the knowledge of
through forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us
to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.
And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.
Why do you think it was necessary for John to prepare the way for the Lord by giving people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of sins?
When did you first hear about salvation through the forgiveness of sins? What was your initial response?
Are there areas in your life in which you have resisted the light that Jesus brings?
Why do you think John lived in the wilderness before appearing to share the message of salvation?
Father, thank you for saving me, for forgiving me, for shining your light on me! Help me to share the message of your salvation through forgiveness with my family and friends. Help me to reflect your love by infusing me with your tender mercy. In times of sadness or temptation, Lord, I long for your light. I pray that you would invade every area of my heart, every grudge, resentment, and hurt. Shine your light in my darkness and transform my heart so that it reflects your love and peace.