12 Christmas Characters: John

Welcome! In light of the holiday season, I wanted to share the Christmas story, but I didn't want to look at in the traditional way. Christmas isn't about Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, it is about the birth of Jesus. By Christmas Eve, I will focus on 12 people surrounding Jesus' birth and their role in the story. I welcome your thoughts and hope to express why I love Christmas so much.

John was the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth. Gabriel had told John's parents that they would have him in their old ages. Gabriel said John was not to drink wine or beer as the Holy Spirit's power would be with him from birth.

Sure enough, when Mary visited Elizabeth, John leaped in her womb! When John was born, Zechariah was again able to speak. Zechariah told all of their friends and family that his name would be John. Interestingly, all of their friends and family were were frightened because of what had happened with Zechariah. But, the Bible says, they all knew that the Lord would be with John!

The primary focus of John's life was preparing the people for the Messiah. He was empowered by the Holy Spirit. He lived in the desert until God told him it was time to tell the people about Jesus.

John's message was simple: prepare your hearts for the Lord by being baptized and repenting of sin. The amazing thing is that John's message was foretold by the prophet Isaiah many, many years before John was born!

You can read more about John in: Luke 1 and Luke 3