Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project for Kids. This past Sunday’s Bible story is about John’s birth. Shortly after Mary leftElizabeth and returned home, the time came for Elizabeth to give birth to her baby. For the duration of Elizabeth‘s pregnancy, her husband, Zechariah, had been mute. His inability to speak was punishment for his doubting the angel who foretold John’s birth (Luke 1:20).
Elizabeth gave birth to a son, and her friends and family rejoiced with her—just as the angel Gabriel had said (Luke 1:14). Everyone had assumed the baby would be named after his father, but Zechariah was clear: HIS NAME IS JOHN.
In Luke 1:66, the people wondered, “What then will this child become?” John would grow up to be an evangelist. He would be spiritually strong. John’s ministry would be brief, but through the power of the Holy Spirit, he would lead thousands to repentance. He would humbly prepare the way of the Lord with this aim: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). John would gain thousands of followers and then joyfully hand them over to Jesus as the groom’s friend who rejoices at the groom’s voice (John 3:29). Then John would go to prison and ultimately be beheaded by King Herod. But Jesus Himself would say, “Among those born of women no one is greater than John” (Luke 7:28).
As you teach kids the story of John’s birth, talk about how John’s birth was prophesied by Isaiah (Isaiah 40:3). A long time before Jesus was born, prophets said that Jesus would come. The prophets also said another man would come first to say, “Jesus is almost here!” John the Baptist told people to turn away from their sins because Jesus was coming to be King over the whole world.
In the same way that the entire Old Testament and the ministry of John pointed to the Savior who would be born, the entire Scripture points to our Redeemer who will return again one day. We pray that this promise will fill your heart with hope, joy, and strength to thrive each day.