Luke 1:13 - But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. (NASU - used for scripture references)
There isn't any reason for us to distrust God. He keeps His promises.
In our text today God tells Zacharias through Gabriel, His servant, that he and his wife are going to have a baby boy, and they are to name the baby John.
Zach has some doubts about what Gabriel told him. Zach is told by Gabriel he will not be able to speak until after what He has said comes true.
The child is born and on the 8th day when they are going to circumcise him they want to name him Zacharias after his father, but his mother says, "No, he is to be named John."
When Zacharias confirms that his name is to be John he immediately is able to speak again. God's promises to Zacharias have been kept.
During his ministry he is going to be leading the children of Israel back to God.
Luke 1:16-17 - And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. "It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
These promises made about John are being fulfilled in the passage below.
Matt 3:4-6 - Now John himself had a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.
God said, "He will NOT remember our SINS and LAWLESS deeds."
This promise is for everyone who has become a participant of the new covenant. The way to enter into the new covenant is given to us below by the Apostle Peter.
Acts 2:38 - Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
As you go through life always remember God Always Keeps His Promises.
Think On These:
Politicians spend half their time making promises and the other half making excuses.
Some people stand on the promises; others just sit on the premises.
Promises are only as dependable as the individuals who make them.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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