Saturday, 20 December 2014

God is gracious. Advent day 20

59 So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. 60 His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John.”

61 But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.” 62 So they made signs to his father—what he would have him called.

63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled. 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God. 65 Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea. 66 And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of the Lord was with him.

Name of Jesus:  Friend
Symbol: The tablets Zechariah wrote upon


The name John comes from a Hebrew name that means, "Yahweh is gracious".  That is what John came to do, prepare the way for a gracious God.  A God whose gracious gift is beyond all measure.  Jesus: the wonderous gift of Christmas.  Jesus the friend of sinners.

Come Lord Jesus!

Happy Advent.

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