Silence, and then…

John the Baptist

“He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

-Luke 1:17

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a great Christmas season.

Something that has stood out to me this year as I’ve been in the Word reading about the birth of Christ is that His birth was preceded by 400 years of silence from God.

For thousands of years, God had been sending prophets and clearly communicating with His people the Israelites. However, after Malachi, God didn’t speak to the Jews through prophets. This is referred to as the 400 years of silence.

Imagine being a Jew in that time. For all of time, your ancestors had been hearing clearly from God. And now, He is silent.

But then the silence was broken by the cry of John the Baptist when he was born. He was filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb and his purpose was to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

The Lord had not forgotten His people. Even when He is silent, it’s for a purpose. And remember- the silence ends.

In Christ,

Christopher